Flash Flood Support
On an annual basis Flash Flooding is the leading cause of weather related deaths in the US. Our flash flood supports focuses on flooding due to excessive rainfall or flooding due to forest fires which create burn scars that do not require nearly as much rain to produce flooding, debris flows and mud slides.
Daily Risk Assessing Forecasts
Our Flash Flood Support starts with a daily forecast assessing the potential for flooding that day with none, low, moderate and high flood potential. In the burn scars it may not necessarily take heavy rainfall to produce dangerous flooding. If there is the potential for flooding that day our forecasters and meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions. As the threat level increases for flooding we will send out updates via pager, cell phone, voice contact or email keeping you up to date before the NWS issued a Flash Flood Warning.
Once the NWS actually issues a Flash Flood Warning that means that flooding is imminent or occurring and that can be too late for proper reaction time. The lead time we can provide ahead of these Flash Flood Warnings is crucial to implement safety plans and keep not only the public but emergency responders out of harm’s way. Once the flood is occurring it is already too late!
Our Flash Flood/Quantitative Precipitation Forecast(QPF) will not only cover what the typical rainfall amounts for the day will be but also covers the worst case scenario.
Monitoring and Flooding Stages
Monitoring the for potential flooding is done by using upper air soundings, Doppler radar, available rain gauges, stream gauges, satellite, surface observations(wind convergence, dew point, outflow boundaries, gust fronts) and more.
Once flooding is deemed likely we work with you to create stages of preparedness. For example: A level 1 is for low risk flooding or minor flooding that will produce runoff but has low risk for life and property. A level 2 is for moderate flooding that will cause minor damage to property but threat to human life remains low. A level 3 is when threat to life and property is high and expected to occur. These levels of preparedness are issued with lead time in advance of NWS Flood/Flash Flood Warnings. Once a Flash Flood Warning is issued we remain in contact with you updating as necessary until the threat has passed. We can work with individual companies or cities and even entire counties.
Monitoring for flash flooding with appropriate lead time is not easy, let the professionals at Skyview Weather help increase safety for all who may be at risk.