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Flood Headlines issued by the National Weather Service

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by The Plumbers Wife

As temperatures rise, so does the potential for heavy rains. Here are a list of the headlines used by the National Weather Service and their meaning.

  • FLASH FLOOD WARNING : Water levels are forecast to rise rapidly, causing inundation within a few hours. Rapid rises in small streams, urban areas, and downstream of dam or levee failures pose a serious threat to life and property.
  • FLOOD WARNING: Rising water over a period of time will impact life and property across widespread areas. This warning may be issues hours to days in advance of the event.
  • FLOOD ADVISORY: Issued when rising or ponding of water could cause a significant inconvenience but does not pose a significant threat to life or property.
  • FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Conditions are favorable for flash flooding, but occurrence is neither certain or imminent.
  • FLOOD WATCH: Rising water over a period of time may result in flooding. In situations where a river crest is moving down stream, the watch may be issued days in advance.

Sources: Frank Wachowski, National Weather Services Archives