What is AHPS?
AHPS is the NWS's ongoing effort to modernize NWS hydrologic
services. AHPS will provide improved river and flood forecasts
and water information across America to protect life and property
and ensure the nation's economic well being. AHPS graphical products
are available at the NWS'
Rivers web page.
Who can benefit from AHPS?
Everyone who makes decisions based on water, including
- River Boat Pilots
- Emergency Managers
- Municipal Water Supply Officials
- Dam Operators
All of these can benefit from AHPS!
What will AHPS do for me?
Because every minute counts, AHPS will help Emergency Managers
be more proactive to "fight" a flood. AHPS provides
information for community leaders and business owners to make
better life-saving decisions about evacuating people or moving
property before a flood. The navigation community will be able
to plan with better confidence and optimize barge and shipping
operations, saving millions of dollars each year. Recreational
users will be able to stay out of harm's way. AHPS, with its suite
of enhanced information, provides the public with more detailed
and accurate answers to the following questions.
- How high will the rivers rise?
- When will the river reach its peak?
- Where will the flooding occur?
- How long will the flood last?
- How long will the drought last?
- How certain is the forecast?
For access to AHPS for our local area, see WFO
Caribou's AHPS page.