Flood Preparedness – There’s a New USGS Map (or App) for That

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During the recent Texas flooding, the U.S. Geological Survey unveiled a new tool that gives users real-time water, weather and National Weather Service flood forecast information all in one place. When water levels are rising, it can be hard to quickly get all the information you need about your area, especially when you’re not in front of a computer.

The new USGS Texas Water Dashboard is a cutting-edge map that provides critical current water information and NWS forecast data at your fingertips on a desktop, smartphone or other mobile devices. This is a first-generation product that brings real-time USGS data together in a web mashup with information from the NWS and other sources. The USGS will explore the potential value of this product to the public, and could possibly expand its reach to include the rest of the nation in the future.

A graphic showing how the Texas Water Dashboard is used.

Useful for Cities, Outdoor Recreationists, Landowners and More!

The Twitter feeds and Texas Water Dashboard can do more than assist residents during flooding. Understanding weather and streamflow can help determine the best places to go boating, fishing or hiking. It can also help recreationists and landowners understand if stream levels are rising or falling at any given time. Real-time groundwater levels can also be found on the map. This information could be useful for water managers in making informed decisions about local resources.

Can you find places with increasing versus decreasing flow?
Here’s how you can search:A graphic showing the Texas Water Dashboard Monitoring Map.

(Sample search result)

Can you find the USGS station that tweeted information most recently?A photo highlighting the USGS Twitter feed on left hand side of the map.

(Sample result from the portal)

The Texas Water Dashboard uses data from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS). The NWIS dataset includes information from more than 1.5 million sites, some in operation for more than 100 years. For more information visit the USGS NWIS website.

Sources of map information include: the National Weather Service, Iowa Environmental Mesonet, Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System, the DOI Office of Emergency ManagementNational Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Environment Mesonet.

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