National Weather Service Provides New River Forecast Services at Cordova


The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Birmingham Alabama and the Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) in Peachtree City Georgia will now provide flood-only river stage forecasts for the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River at Cordova Alabama beginning September 17th.  With the addition of the new forecast point at Cordova...the SERFC creates stage forecasts for over 240 locations throughout its service area. The forecasts are then forwarded to WFOs such as Birmingham for dissemination to the public.


"This new forecast service at Cordova is an invaluable tool for forecasting flooding on the Mulberry Fork for areas from around Cordova downstream" said Reggina Cabrera...Hydrologist-In-Charge of the SERFC.  "The river stage forecasts for flooding at Cordova help us meet the NWS mission of protecting life and property for the citizens in the Mulberry Fork basin."


The flood stage on the Mulberry Fork at Cordova has been set at 22 feet (elevation 265.6 feet msl). The river gage site is owned and operated by the United States Geological Survey in Montgomery Alabama and is funded by the Birmingham Water Works Board and the Office of Water Resources.  Other river forecast services in the Black Warrior drainage supported by WFO Birmingham and the SERFC include river stage forecasts for Bankhead Lock and Dam...Holt Lock and Dam...Oliver Lock and Dam...Selden Lock and Dam...and Sayre on the Locust Fork.


The SERFC prepares river stage forecasts for the major rivers in the south-eastern part of the U.S., covering approximately 270,000 square miles. The forecast center`s area of responsibility includes most of Alabama...Florida...Georgia...South Carolina...North Carolina and portions of neighboring states.  The SERFC also provides hydrologic support to the island of Puerto Rico.


WFO Birmingham provides all the weather services for 39 counties in Central Alabama. The WFO collects meteorological data...prepares and disseminates weather forecasts...river and flood forecasts and warnings...and issues severe weather watches and warnings to the public.  Additional information is available at:    




For additional information you can contact Reggina Cabrera at

770-486-0028, Jim Stefkovich...Meteorologist-In-Charge WFO Birmingham

...or Roger Mcneil...Service Hydrologist at WFO 205-664-3010.



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