NOAA researchers join large, international flash flood project in Europe

NOAA XPol (NOXP) preparing to participate in the HyMeX Experiment.

NOAA XPol (NOXP) preparing to participate in the HyMeX Experiment.

NOAA, NASA and the University of Connecticut are representing the United States in the Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment (HyMeX), the largest weather field research project in European history.

HyMex is a 10-year international effort to better understand, quantify and model the hydrologic cycle in support of improved forecasts and warnings of flash floods in the Mediterranean region.

For additional details see http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120912_flashflood.html

NMQ-FLASH Funded

The team behind NMQ-FLASH-LANDSLIDE.

The team behind NMQ-FLASH-LANDSLIDE.

The kickoff meeting for NMQ-FLASH-LANDSLIDE (NFL) was held after a successful proposal. More details on future work and what this holds for the NMQ-FLASH project will be posted at a future time.

CONUS Flooding Simulations Being Produced

First CONUS flash flooding simulations are being produced by FLASH.

First CONUS flash flooding simulations are being produced by FLASH.

After the first successful tests over the Arkansas-Red river basins the FLASH system was scaled up to run over the CONUS at 1 kmĀ² spatial resolution. Work continues to correct the frequency estimates for the finer resolution NMQ/Q2 products.

Flooding Simulations Being Produced

First flash flooding simulations are being produced by FLASH.

First flash flooding simulations are being produced by FLASH.

Precipitation estimates from NMQ/Q2 are now flowing to FLASH in real time, and the very first flash flooding simulations over the Arkansas-Red river basins are being produced. The results will become more meaningful after the model has had time to spin up.

FLASH Hardware Purchased

FLASH hardware consisting of 24 cores and 64 GB of RAM was recently installed in the computer room at the National Weather Center.

FLASH hardware consisting of 24 cores and 64 GB of RAM was recently installed in the computer room at the National Weather Center.

Hardware was purchased and installed at the National Weather Center to host the real-time FLASH system and web-based product dissemination system. A single server with 24 processing cores and 64 GB of RAM will be used for the initial demonstration system. The initial system demonstration will focus on Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center (ABRFC) and Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) with a goal of having a single deterministic run forced by the NMQ Q2 radar only product every 5 minutes online within the next few months. Once that point is reached the system will quickly be expanded to CONUS coverage with ensemble forecasts.

Caliano Completes Internship

Research intern, Martin Calianno, communing with nature.

Research intern, Martin Calianno, communing with nature.

Martin Calianno completed his internship at NSSL and has returned to Grenoble, France to finalize his 2nd Masters in HydroHazards at Universite Joseph Fourier. We wish Martin good luck with his career and rock climbing adventures.

Gourley Gives Invited Talk at AGU Fall Meeting

J.J. Gourley gives invited presentation on “NMQ-FLASH: A prototype system for flash flood prediction in the USA” in H21G. Application of Physically Based Distributed Hydrological Models to Flood Forecasting: Progresses, Challenges, and Future Directions I at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.