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NORTHEAST FLOODS OF JANUARY 1996

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PREFACE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY CHAPTER 1. HYDROMETEOROLOGY OF THE FLOOD EVENT AND HYDROLOGIC MODEL PERFORMANCE 1.1 INTRODUCTION 1.2 ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS 1.3 THE FLOOD EVENT 1.3.1 METEOROLOGY 1.3.2 HYDROLOGY 1.4 HYDROLOGIC MODEL PERFORMANCE CHAPTER 2. FORECAST AND WARNING SERVICES 2.1 INTRODUCTION, 2.2 INDIVIDUAL OFFICE PERFORMANCE 2.2.1 NWSFO BALTIMORE, MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, D.C. 2.2.2 NWSO STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA 2.2.3 NWSO BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK 2.2.4 NWSFO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 2.2.5 NWSFO PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA 2.2.6 NWSFO CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 2.2.7 NWSO WILMINGTON, OHIO 2.3 COORDINATION AND DISSEMINATION CHAPTER 3. DATA ACQUISITION, EQUIPMENT, AND COMMUNICATIONS 3.1 INTRODUCTION 3.2 DOPPLER WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADAR (WSR-88D) 3.3 RIVER AND RAIN GAGE NETWORKS 3.3.1 SOME SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WITH GAGES (ALL TYPES) 3.4 COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS AND SKYWARN 3.5 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS 3.5.1 AUTOMATION OF FIELD OPERATIONS AND SERVICES (AFOS) 3.5.2 NOAA WEATHER RADIO (NWR) 3.5.3 TELEPHONE SYSTEMS 3.5.4 NATIONAL WARNING SYSTEM (NAWAS) AND STATEWIDE COMMUNICATIONS CHAPTER 4. PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES 4.1 INTRODUCTION 4.2 OFFICE PREPAREDNESS 4.3 SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION CHAPTER 5. USER/MEDIA RESPONSE 5.1 INTRODUCTION 5.2 PUBLIC AWARENESS 5.3 MEDIA INTERACTION CHAPTER 6. ALL FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS APPENDIX A. TEAM MEMBERS, ITINERARY, AND CONTACTS APPENDIX B. FLOOD DEATHS APPENDIX C. ACRONYMS LIST


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