FLOW VALUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONGOING SOURIS RIVER FLOODING

...FLOW VALUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONGOING SOURIS RIVER FLOODING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS NOTICED THAT MEDIA AND PUBLIC
AFFECTED BY FLOODING ALONG THE SOURIS RIVER HAVE TAKEN A KEEN
INTEREST IN FLOW VALUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE OBSERVED AND FORECAST
STAGES ON OUR ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTIONS SERVICES WEB PAGES.
HOWEVER...THIS FLOOD EVENT IS SO FAR BEYOND ANY PREVIOUS EVENTS
USED TO CREATE THE STAGE-RATING TABLES FOR CALCULATING FLOW BASED
UPON OBSERVED STAGES...TREMENDOUS UNCERTAINTY SHOULD BE EXPECTED.
THE FLOW VALUES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESTIMATES UNTIL VERIFIED THROUGH
FIELD MEASUREMENTS BY THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. EVEN
ONCE THE USGS HAS MEASURED VALUES...WE REGRET THAT THE INFORMATION
ON OUR WEBSITE MAY NOT REFLECT CHANGES IN STREAM RATING TABLES FOR
ABOUT ONE DAY AND THIS AFFECTS BOTH THE AHPS GRAPHICS AND THE
TABULAR DATA. WE ARE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND HAVE BEEN SEEKING
MEANS TO SHORTEN THE POSTING OF UPDATED INFORMATION. UNTIL
THEN...PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO EITHER CONTACT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BISMARCK FOR LATEST ESTIMATES OF
FLOW...OR USE THE USGS WEBSITE.



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