Water Resources Dashboard

Water resource managers and urban planners can use this dashboard to access maps and data that help them monitor the potential for extreme precipitation and drought in their regions. A similar set of information is available via an Esri Story Map, Climate Information for Water Utilities. The Climate Resilience Toolkit's Acknowledgments page lists the individuals who contributed to this collection.

Note that this is a dynamic page: the scope and content of dashboard entries are driven by input from users. We welcome your suggestions and additions to improve its usefulness. Please email us with your suggestions

Forecasts, Outlooks, and Future Projections
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

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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Daily Normals by Weather Station

Use this GIS 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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Planning Resources
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Comprehensive access to drought monitoring resources, reports, and news from the U.S. Drought Community.

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

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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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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.

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 14:50