Every spring the previous winter's snowpack melts and can cause ice jams and flooding in Alaska. A new generation of weather satellites is helping the National Weather Service (NWS) anticipate and monitor breakup flooding in new ways. Examples of satellite imagery will be presented, along with descriptions of how these images are useful to the NWS and allow the NWS to provide enhanced services to state and local emergency managers.
Hydrologist, NWS Anchorage
Science Liaison, UAF-GINA
Useful links and references
Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center http://www.weather.gov/aprfc/
Training module, “JPSS River Ice and Flood Products” https://www.meted.ucar.edu/satmet/river_ice_flooding/
River Flood Product: http://realearth.ssec.wisc.edu/
News stories from Galena flood of 2013