About the LMRFC


Tables of Content
  Press Releases
LMRFC Introduction
LMRFC History
Technical Papers
Hydrologically Signifigant Events
Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets
- Many of your questions can be answered here, so please read through our FAQ's before sending an email.
Contact Information
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Press Releases
  New River Forecasts for Pigeon River near Canton, NC
  Commerce Department Bronze Medal Awarded to LMRFC Hydrologist
  Max Kohler Award
  NWS to Raise Flood Stage for Big Black River at West, MS
  New River Forecasts for Duck River at Centerville, TN
  New River Forecasts for Loosahatchie River
  New River Warnings For Olive Branch, MS and Marks, MS
  NOAA Honors Louisiana Cooperative Observer as "Environmental Hero"
  New River Forecasts Services Near Lena, MS (Mar 18, 2002)
  LMRFC Employees Receive Regional Isaac Cline Award (Feb 22, 2002)
  New Flood Only River Forecast for West Chickamauga Creek near Fort Oglethorpe, GA (May 1, 2012)


The lower Mississippi River Forecast Center is in Slidell, LA (about 30 miles northeast of New Orleans), co-located with the New Orleans Weather Forecast Office. Our office is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 6am to 10pm, and is prepared to go 24 hours a day when necessary. We provide daily river forecasts on the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries. This comprises over 200 sites in a 210, 000 square mile area throughout the southeast US.


The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center was founded in 1971 in concert with the efforts to fund the Alaska River Forecast Center, and officially commenced operations in January of 1972. No single flood event can be identified as motivating the formation of this RFC. Instead, its startup resulted from the need to complete the coverage of the Nation by RFCs and to provide coordinated forecasts for the economically critical lower Mississippi basin. Since it commenced operation, the LMRFC responsibility area of over 209,000 square miles has essentially remained unchanged. After it was formed, the LMRFC was the first to demonstrate the routine use of the nationally-supported operational forecast system which would eventually become the NWS River Forecast System (NWSRFS).


Hydrologicly Signifigant Events
  Heavy Rain Event on the Amite and Comite Rivers- June 4-12, 2001
  Heavy Rain Event - Feb 26 to March 05, 2001
Ice Forming on the Mississippi River
- New Photos added on 01/04/2001 (Memphis, TN)
  April 1-4, 2000 Heavy Rain Event
- Radar graphic for all of the LMRFC area
- Radar graphic for central Mississippi
- Radar graphic for east Tennessee
- Gage data for all of the LMRFC area


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