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Upgraded River Forcast Services

Post Date:07/22/2015

The National Weather Service Forecast Office and the Southeast River Forecast Center collocated in Peachtree City, Georgia, will be upgrading hydrologic services by adjusting flood stage levels on the Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg. The change will take effect on Thursday, August 6. This location is a flood-only forecast point, which means forecast and warnings are issued when the river level is expected to rise near or above flood stage. The upgraded hydrologic services were a direct result of field surveys showing more meaningful and applicable warnings and forecasts for public safety could be provided using a higher flood stage.

The following critical threshold levels will be changed as follows:

Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg (WHTG1)

·         Bankfull/Action Stage 15 feet

·         Flood Stage/Minor Flood 17 feet

·         Moderate flood Stage 21 feet

·         Major Flood Stage 26 feet

“The raising of flood stage levels at Whitesburg will provide enhanced flood warning services for recreational interests along the Chattahoochee River,” said Keith Stellman, meteorologist-in-charge of

The Peachtree City forecast office, which provides all weather services for 96 counties in north and central Georgia. The office collects meteorological data, prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings, and issues severe weather watches and warnings to the public.

The Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) prepares river stage forecasts for more than 260 locations along major rivers in the southeast portion of the United States. Covering approximately 270,000 square miles, the center’s area of responsibility includes north and central Georgia. These forecasts are then forwarded to National Weather Service forecast offices throughout its service area for dissemination to the public.

“This upgraded forecast service at Whitesburg is invaluable,” said Reggina Cabrera, hydrologist-in-charge of the SERFC. “The elevated flood stage levels will help us meet the National Weather Service mission of protecting life and property for the citizens in the Whitesburg area.”

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