Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC) is one of 13 river forecast offices under the NWS
umbrella in the U.S. Our area of responsibility covers 7 states and includes the large
river basins in New England and most of New
|| Coordination Message (HCM), daily precipitation, rainfall maps, snow
depth, snowfall, and snow water equivalent maps, temperature maps, and water supply
products. Many of these products, and more, are presented in both
|York, excluding the Delaware and Susquehanna
||The Northeast River Forecast Internet address is:
||text and both text
and graphic format on our Web page.Products are
|The NERFC operates
from the NWS office in Taunton, MA with 14 hydrologists, meteorologists, engineers and
hydrometeorologic technicians. Our office is co-located with the WFO in Taunton. The NERFC
is open from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM on normal operational days. But we are open on a 24-hour
basis when flooding threatens our area of responsibility. Our service area includes the
offices served by the WFOs in Buffalo, Binghamton, Albany, Burlington, New York City,
Taunton, Gray and Caribou, Maine.
Products issued daily from the NERFC include the
River Forecast Guidance (RVF) for over 100 forecast points. These guidance products are
available by 11:00 AM daily at 6-hour intervals out to 54 hours and updated as the
conditions warrant. Our forecast points include daily river stage forecasts for the
following major river systems: the Charles, Neponset, Blackstone, Willimantic,
Connecticut, Housatonic, Merrimac, Saco, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot, Aroostook,
Lake Champlain, Hudson, Mohawk, Genesee, Black River and Buffalo Creeks watersheds.
Other products distributed by the NERFC, on a daily or an as-needed basis, are the Flash
Flood Guidance (FFG), Hydrometeorologic Discussion (HMD), Quantitative Precipitation
Forecast (QPF), Hydrometeorologic
|automatically updated and the
latest flood statements and river conditions are presented in real-time clickable map
Ed Capone is a Senior Hydrologist with the NERFC and is the
Massachusetts/Rhode Island coordinator for the Atlantic Coast Observer Net- work (ACON).
Visit Eds backyard at the ACON Web site at:
Late Breaking News at Press Time
The NWS is currently in the process of replacing the computer-generated voice currently
used on NOAA Weather Radio. Although the existing system represents an advance in public
safety by enabling us to broadcast warnings several minutes faster, there have been
complaints that the voice is hard to understand.
If you own a computer, you can hear samples of the new voices at
More about this in the next issue of WE.
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