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Severe Threat n the Mid-Atlantic; Fall Storm in the West to Plains

Showers and thunderstorms, isolated severe with damaging winds and large hail, can be expected across the Mid-Atlantic. A fall storm will bring showers and mountain snow in the Great Basin and Rockies. Locally heavy rain in the 4-Corners and South Plains could produce flash flooding. Gusty winds from the system will produce critical fire weather conditions in California and the north Plains. Read More >

Mission

The Office of Water Prediction (OWP) collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the-science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions. In partnership with NWS national, regional, and local offices, the OWP coordinates, integrates and supports consistent water prediction activities from global to local levels.

The Organization

The Office of Water Prediction (OWP) is a geographically distributed organization which includes elements in Maryland, Minnesota and Alabama. The OWP is designed to support a consistent and unified hydrologic program while maximizing efficient use of resources helping to ensure the NWS excels as a science-based service organization. The OWP will conduct development, field support and operational functions through projects and programs that address national, regional, and local needs and are led and supported by staff in multiple offices across the country. Initial activities of the OWP will be focused on support and development; operational functions will be identified and developed over time. Functional roles have been established in the OWP structure to coordinate and support this framework.