Water Resources Dashboard

Access weather, water, and climate data in either of two formats. Scroll down to browse data sources below (example on left), or launch the Water Data Web App in a new tab » (example on right).

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In the Water Resources Dashboard below, scroll down to browse for data of interest under the following categories:

Weather Forecasts and Outlooks

Current Observations

Historical Observations

Climate Change

Socioeconomic and Equity Resources

Other Planning Resources

Region-specific Tools

Region-specific Case Studies

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Weather Forecasts and Outlooks
NWS Forecast Map

The National Weather Service's Weather.gov site provides reliable weather, water, climate, and environmental information including active alerts. 

NWS Forecasts

View current conditions and short- to medium-range (1-7 days) forecasts for precipitation, temperature, wind, and clouds. These forecasts often identify potential hazards such as heavy precipitation three or more days in advance.

Precipitation Forecasts

View forecasts of cumulative precipitation for periods from 6 hours to 7 days into the future. Monitoring this site can alert decision makers of the potential for wet weather and/or flooding.

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View predicted flood status at more than 3,700 gauges in the United States. Click to zoom in on a region, and then roll your cursor over gauge locations to view hydrographs of recent and forecast discharge levels

River Forecast Centers

View observed flow conditions across 13 regions of the contiguous United States. For each gauge location, access hydrographs showing observed and predicted water levels that account for upcoming weather and snowmelt.

Hazard Outlooks

This site shows the chances for Severe Weather and Fire Weather over the next 8 days. Browse a range of information on severe weather events including tornadoes, thunderstorms, winds, and hail.

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This site provides access to maps, animations, and plots of outputs from observational data and weather prediction models. The graphic products can be useful for monitoring development of potential storms.

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Monday through Friday, NOAA's Weather Prediction Center produces maps of hazards forecast for the next 3-7 days.

Hazards Outlook

Every weekday, the Climate Prediction Center releases the U.S. Hazards Outlook highlighting potential hazardous conditions related to temperature, precipitation, and winds for days 8-14 into the future.

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Monthly Precip Outlook

View monthly maps showing the probability for precipitation ranking in the top, middle, or bottom third of historical observations. Outlooks that favor drier or wetter periods can raise awareness of the potential for changing conditions.

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Probability of Exceeding a Precipitation Threshold

Check the probability that cumulative rainfall will exceed user-defined thresholds within the next three days over 6- to 24-hour intervals. This forecast can serve as an early alert for potential flooding related to heavy precipitation.

Drought Outlook

Maps show how conditions related to drought are likely to change over the valid period. Outlooks indicate areas where drought is likely to develop, persist (or worsen), improve, or end. 

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Tropical Weather Outlook

The National Hurricane Center monitors marine weather and indicates the chance that disturbances will develop into tropical storms. For storms that do develop, the site shows predicted paths and storm status. Monitor this site to be aware of the potential for tropical storms and/or hurricanes.

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Percent Increase in Risk of Extremes due to ENSO

This interactive map shows regions where the risk of having a seasonal extreme in temperature or precipitation is elevated during El Niño or La Niña conditions. Decision makers can identify areas that have an increased or decreased risk of extreme warm/cold (or dry/wet) seasons, and plan accordingly.

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The National Water Model (NWM) forecasts streamflow for the contiguous United States. The system models processes such as snowmelt and infiltration to determine how much precipitation forecast by NWS will become runoff, and then simulates discharge levels.

View webinar about the tool »

Current Observations
Daily Streamflow Conditions

Colors indicate current streamflow. Click any region on the site, and then click individual stations to access graphs or raw data on streamflow and precipitation. This display can help water managers judge short-term future supply.

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River Observation Locations

View current and predicted flood status at more than 7,500 gauges in the United States. Click to zoom in on a region, and then roll your cursor over gauge locations to view hydrographs of recent and forecast discharge levels.

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River Forecast Centers

View observed flow conditions across 13 regions of the contiguous United States. For each gauge location, access hydrographs showing observed and predicted water levels that account for upcoming weather and snowmelt.

Current Drought

This weekly map—updated every Thursday—shows experts' assessments of regional conditions related to dryness and drought. The maps focus on broad-scale conditions, so local conditions may vary.

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Soil Moisture

Access maps that show estimates of surface soil moisture. View Total, Anomaly, Percentile, or Change in soil moisture over the last month or season. Monitoring this site can help decision makers judge field conditions and the potential for drought development.

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Watershed Assessment, Tracking, & Environmental Results System

WATERS (Watershed Assessment, Tracking, & Environmental Results System) provides comprehensive information about the quality of surface water across the nation.

Climate Monitoring Webpage

Climate Monitoring at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information monitors the state of Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers with data and information on climate trends and variability.

StreamStats Webpage

Spatial analytical tools useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering and design purposes.

Floodmapper Webpage

Maps and data from USGS streamgages provide emergency management personnel and residents with information for flood-response activities such as evacuations, road closures, and post-flood recovery efforts.

National Snow Analyses

Maps and animations show snow analyses for 18 regions of the contiguous United States. For specific weather stations, graphs show observed and modeled snowpack to estimate the amount of water stored as snow.

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Access a range of national and global snow and ice data and products including daily maps showing extent of snow and ice cover. An animation tool enables users to identify daily changes and seasonal trends.

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One-day snowfall

This daily map shows snowfall accumulation reported at individual stations across the contiguous United States.

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Historical Observations
Daily Summary Observations

Access summary observations from more than 90,000 land-based stations around the world. Data may include precipitation, maximum and minimum temperature, temperature at the time of observation, and/or snow depth. A How-to Guide provides assistance with selecting stations of interest in the map interface.

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Hourly Precipitation

Use this GIS interface to select from more than 5000 stations that indicate maximum observed rates of rainfall. You can consult these records to see historical extremes for locations of interest.

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NOAA's Precipitation Frequency Data Server (PFDS) and associated sites provides statistics on rates of rain over various time periods. These data are useful for calculating capacity for culverts and bridges.

Watch a brief video on how to use the tool »

Daily Normals by Weather Station

Choose an interface to select stations for which you want to view daily normals. Climate Normals are the latest three-decade averages of climatological variables, including temperature and precipitation. Hourly, monthly, and annual normals are also available.

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Extreme Events

Access records of heat waves, droughts, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Explore weather records tied or broken for each day of the year, disasters that cost a billion dollars or more, and special reports and indices that characterize extreme events.

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Climate Change
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Explore graphs and maps of historical and projected temperature and precipitation variables for any county in the contiguous United States. Additionally, view graphs from individual weather stations and coastal tidal gauges.

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Visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise, including simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks. Access data related to water depth, flood frequency, and mapping confidence.

Digital Coast Webpage

Access the data, tools, and training communities need to address coastal issues, including sea level rise and flood exposure.

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SWMM is used around the world for planning, analysis, and design related to stormwater runoff, combined and sanitary sewers, and other drainage systems.

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Use the Stormwater Calculator to estimate the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site using green infrastructure as low impact development controls. 

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Technical publications are available in many formats including print books, electronic books, and interactive tools.

Map of U.S. States

Descriptions of historical climate variations and trends and climate model projections for conditions during the 21st century.

Web page for Fourth National Climate Assessment

2018 assessment of the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.

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Access historical and future climate projections from 30 downscaled climate models for two emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5.

Socioeconomic & Equity Resources
US Water Alliance Logo

The US Water Alliance advances policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. The Alliance supports innovative, inclusive, and integrated water stewardship.

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This environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators.

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Social vulnerability refers to the potential negative effects on communities caused by external stresses on human health.

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The WIFIA program accelerates investment in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.

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Learn how communities have realized cost savings through their green infrastructure programs. Find tools you can use to inform your own cost-benefit analysis.

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Calculate your water footprint, which includes your tap water use and the “virtual water” used to produce your food, electricity, gas, and home goods.

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Location intelligence can help build a more equitable and just world where a person's race or ethnicity does not impact their outcomes. Explore patterns of inequality to bring communities together.

Other Planning Resources
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This EPA initiative provides practical tools, training, and technical assistance needed to increase resilience to climate change for water utilities managers. 

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Georgetown Climate Center's online database and networking site serves policymakers and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.

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Access resources for state, tribal, and local officials and other parties engaged in developing and implementing hazard mitigation plans.

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Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits.

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WUCA enhances climate change research and improves water management decision-making to ensure that water utilities can respond to climate change and protect our water supplies.

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Resources for communicating with sponsors, stakeholders, and the public about flood risk and flood risk management projects.

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USACE offers a suite of web accessible tools to support repeatable analytical results for climate preparedness and resilience planning and engineering design.

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Science about natural hazards; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change.

Region-specific Tools
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Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in the Northeast Region.

Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in Alaska and the Arctic Region.

Map of Great Lakes States

Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in the Great Lakes Region.

Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in Hawai'i and Pacific Islands.

Map of Midwest States

Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in the Midwest Region.

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Tools in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit identified as useful for the Water sector in the Sutheast Region.

Region-specific Case Studies
Map showing boundary of Northeast Region

Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in the Northeast Region.

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Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in Alaska and the Arctic Region.

Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in the Northeast Region.

Map of Hawai'i

Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands.

Map of Midwest States

Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in the Midwest Region.

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Case studies about building resilience in the water sector in the Southeast Region.

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