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Topic: New NOAA Forecasting System
Posted By: NateW
Subject: New NOAA Forecasting System
Date Posted: 10 May 2017 at 7:12am
Do you want to geek out on river flow forecasting? In my travels on the internet, I found that NOAA has a new forecasting system online.

http://water.noaa.gov/about/nwm - http://water.noaa.gov/about/nwm
You can read a bunch about what this system does, the most interesting thing is that it seems to provide flow forecasting for virtually every little creek that is shown on the map:

http://water.noaa.gov/map - http://water.noaa.gov/map
I will say that the interface seems a little wonky at this point, you really have to hunt around with your pointer to get it to select the proper river. I do not see an easy way to bookmark a single river, so I'm not sure how useful it will be to replace the current forecasting pages. When I look at the flow forecast model here vs. the normal noaa forecast, the numbers are pretty different. Who knows if they are more accurate.

This could be a useful resource for estimating flows on places without gauges nearby.



Replies:
Posted By: Dale
Date Posted: 11 May 2017 at 6:07am
I'm hoping we can figure out how to bookmark individual rivers, as, my old links are no longer working.


Posted By: Coast2Coast
Date Posted: 11 May 2017 at 12:18pm
Nice find Nate.

Did you see anything about a programmatic way to access river forecasts, like a public API? I did a quick take of the links you posted and it looks like there may be a couple FTP servers. It seems the current best option is downloading the csv from the river site on NWRFC.

-Blair



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