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Briefing Date:10/12/2004
Topic:Flash Flood Forecasting Over Complex Terrain: With an Assessment of the Sulphur Mountain NEXRAD in Southern California

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
Committee to Assess NEXRAD Flash Flood Forecasting Capabilities at Sulphur Mountain, California

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
112 Hart Senate Office Bldg. -- 10:30 a.m.

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Flash Flood Forecasting Over Complex Terrain:
With an Assessment of the Sulphur Mountain NEXRAD in Southern California

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-7, This new report from the National Academies assesses whether the National Weather Service’s (NWS) radar atop Sulphur Mountain in Southern California is well-placed to detect approaching storms, operates effectively, and helps the Los Angeles-Oxnard forecast office of NWS monitor, predict, and warn of flash floods and other events related to heavy precipitation. It also examines whether there is room for improvement in how NWS uses such radars to forecast flash floods and issue warnings about them across the country – including areas that, like Southern California, have complex, hilly terrain.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 13, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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