Service Assessment: The Historic South Carolina Floods of October 1-5, 2015   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the introduction: "This document presents findings and recommendations from the evaluation of NWS [National Weather Service] performance prior to and over the course of the historic South Carolina flood of October 1--5, 2015. Heavy rains over several days produced major river flooding and widespread flash flooding across middle to lower parts of South Carolina. This event resulted in 19 fatalities, caused considerable property loss, and significantly affected transportation and commerce. The objectives of this assessment are to identify significant findings and to issue recommendations and best practices related to the following key areas: (1) Timeliness, quality, accuracy, and usefulness of NWS forecasts and warning services (2) Situational awareness of the affected field offices prior to and during the event (3) Effectiveness of current hydrologic and numerical weather prediction modeling capabilities for this event (4) Effectiveness of coordination and decision support services (DSS) for federal partners and key stakeholders prior to and during the event (5) Effectiveness of NWS continuity of operations in providing service backup during a communications failure."

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