California-Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC)

California-Nevada River Forecast Center. (Click for larger picture.)
Pictured are 7 of the 14 people comprising the California-Nevada River Forecast Center in Sacramento. Rob Hartman accepted the award on behalf of everyone.

Left to right: Jamie Meier (HAS Forecaster), Kyle Lerman (HAS Forecaster), Brett Whitin (Senior Hydrologist), Alan Haynes (Service Coordination Hydrologist), Rob Hartman (Hydrologist-in-Charge), Alan Takamoto (Hydrologist), and Pete Fickenscher (Senior Hydrologist).

Special Recognition Award

The following is the text found on the Special Recognition Award presented to California-Nevada River Forecast Center, NOAA - National Weather Service, at the California Extreme Precipitation Symposium held at the University of California, Davis on June 25, 2013.


Presented To

California-Nevada River Forecast Center
National Weather Service

For 50 years, the California-Nevada River Forecast Center has provided vital hydrologic forecasts to water agencies, local emergency responders, and the public. Since 1963, the CNRFC has been a leader in developing forecasting tools, data collection protocols, and flood warning products. The CNRFC has maintained a strong commitment to California's joint Federal-State flood warning program in cooperation with the California Department of Water Resources, and has provided continuous support to water management agencies operating multipurpose reservoirs in California.

The hydrologists, meteorologists, and engineers that comprise the CNRFC staff have wide-ranging expertise in rainfall-runoff modeling, quantitative precipitation forecasting, hydrologic routing, and snowmelt processes. They have pioneered methods for efficiently analyzing prodigious amounts of real-time precipitation, streamflow, snow, and temperature data, and transforming these data into reservoir inflow forecasts and crucial river stage forecasts.

We recognize the CNRFC for its many innovations over the years, including continuous streamflow modeling, local flood warning system support, orographic precipitation modeling, 5-day river forecast guidance, ensemble streamflow predictions, precipitation and stage forecast verification, and forecast coordinated operations. Also noteworthy is the CNRFC's commitment to expanding service wherever a need exists. The CNRFC is a leader in the local flood warning system community and the National Hydrologic Warning Council, freely sharing their expertise in modeling and forecasting systems. Their sharing included providing Symposium speakers in 8 of 19 years.

This award is presented to the past and present staff and managers of the CNRFC in recognition of your significant contributions to better flood warnings and water management in California. The CNRFC's close partnerships with the State of California, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, other water management agencies, and local emergency managers have served California citizens well. The lives saved and property damage avoided by your timely forecasts and flood warnings are far-reaching. We thank you on behalf of those so benefited and don't know who to credit.

With appreciation and gratitude we honor the people of the CNRFC for your history of providing excellent public service and exemplifying the best in government agencies.

California Extreme Precipitation Symposium
June 25, 2013

At the Event