FFMP Frequently Asked Questions
What is FFMP?
FFMP is the Flash Flood Monitoring and Prediction component of SCAN - an integrated suite of multi-sensor applications
which detects, analyzes and monitors convection and generates short-term probabilistic forecast and warning
guidance for severe weather and flash floods automatically within AWIPS.
What are the goals of FFMP?
- Provide forecasters with accurate, timely, and consistent flash flood guidance.
- Develop "smart" computer displays, menus, and GUI's that optimize the utility of AWIPS D2D and are
compatible with the warning decision process.
- Supplement forecaster event monitoring with automated, multi-sensor event monitoring.
- Accelerate the rate of technology transfer from research to operations and external users.
What are the benefits of FFMP?
- Key benefit: More accurate, timely, and consistent flash flood warnings.
- Longer lead times on warned events.
- Fewer "missed" events (flash floods treated concurrently with severe weather).
- Increased forecaster situational awareness.
- Reduced forecaster fatigue during warning situations.
- Digital/graphical products for external users.
- A well-defined focus for applied research.
National Weather Service
Last Modified: 1 March 2000, RLS.