On September 29, 2015, a tropical low-pressure system was bringing heavy rainfall to much of the southeastern United States, including Virginia. As of October 1, more heavy rain was predicted for the coming days, and Hurricane Joaquin had the potential to affect Virginia. Below are some information sources for these weather developments and their impacts.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/.
National Hurricane Center, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
Virginia Governor’s Office News Releases: Commonwealth Responding to Flooding, Preparing for More Extreme Weather, 9/30/15; and Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency as Commonwealth Responds to Flooding and Prepares for More Dangerous Weather, 10/1/15.
NWS Forecast Office’s serving parts of Virginia:
*Baltimore-Washington Forecast Office (in Sterling, Va.), online at http://www.weather.gov/lwx/.
*Blacksburg Forecast Office, http://www.weather.gov/rnk/.
*Charleston, W. Va., online http://www.weather.gov/rlx/.
*Morristown, Tenn., Forecast Office (covering far southwestern Virginia), online at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/.
*Wakefield, Va., Forecast Office, online at http://www.weather.gov/akq/.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHaS) Daily Precipitation Map for Virginia, online at http://www.cocorahs.org/Maps/ViewMap.aspx?state=usa.
NWS Advanced Hydrological Prediction Center River Observations (map showing status of river gages relative to flood stage), online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/. Below is a sample of the kind of graph the site has for each river/stream gaging station, showing current and predicted flows relative to flood stage.
NWS Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Event Summaries” online at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/reports/.
U.S. Geological Survey Daily Streamflow Conditions for Virginia, online at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/rt.
Kevin Myatt, Heavier rain expected mid-afternoon to early Saturday [Oct. 3, 2015]; flooding likely, Roanoke Times, 10/2/15.
The Weather Channel, “Flooding State-by-state,” 9/29/15, online at http://www.weather.com/safety/floods/news/flooding-impacts-state-by-state.