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Commerce’s NOAA Releases New Monthly Tool to Predict High-Tide Flooding

As high tide flooding continues to break records, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a new monthly tool to predict high tide flooding. The new high tide flooding outlook will help coastal communities better understand when and where high tide flooding may occur and the likelihood of high tide flooding for each day in the calendar year. Enhancements to NOAA’s high tide flooding outlooks were made possible by investments through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“The new monthly outlook represents a leap forward in NOAA’s ability to predict high tide flooding at a sub-seasonal scale,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “Armed with more precise and timely data, coastal communities can make informed decisions about flooding risks, and take action to mitigate impacts by closing roads, performing maintenance on storm drain systems, and protecting vulnerable infrastructure.”

The Monthly High Tide Flooding Outlook does not account for real-time conditions or weather forecasts; however, it provides critical situational awareness about windows of time that have higher flooding risks. As potential flood days grow near, the monthly outlook can be paired with weather forecasts to understand if an upcoming storm event might compound impacts from already elevated water levels. 

For more information, please visit https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/us-high-tide-flooding-continues-to-break-records