Real-time storm tide observation and forecast system for the lower Chesapeake Bay
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Real-time storm tide observation and forecast system for the lower Chesapeake Bay

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    The Real-time Storm Tide Observation and Forecast System (Rstofs) is an online service developed at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to provide water level observations and forecasts at nine active tide stations in lower Chesapeake Bay. Its purpose is to provide continuously updated observations and forecast information to members of the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service (NOAA/NOS), state and local managers and emergency personnel in counties and communities at risk from flooding during tropical and extratropical storms. Rstofs is a new system classified as experimental while continuing to undergo testing and evaluation. Until it becomes fully operational, access to this system is restricted to users who serve in an official capacity and whose duties and responsibilitie​s include flood hazard response and mitigation. A public website providing water level observations without forecast information can be found at​dewatch. Rstofs content includes unverified water level observations provided in near-real time by the NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in addition to unverified water level observations from tide stations maintained by VIMS. VIMS also generates a 36-hour water level forecast updated every half hour using extratropical storm surge (ETSS) forecasts provided online by the NWS Meteorological Development Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD.
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