Hazard Forecasts

Know what to expect and stay aware of forecasted water levels near streams, rivers, sounds and the coast. 

Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise report and FAQs:

Interactive Mapping:

Generate a local 2-page SLR report:

 

Historical relative sea level rise trend for Beaufort, North Carolina: 3.04 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from 1953 to 2017


Source: NOAA Tides and Currents

    Current Tides and Sound/River Flooding

    Current Tides and Sound/River Flooding

    Sea level rise and more extreme rainfall events are leading to higher high tides and in some cases record high stream and river levels. Monitor real-time information and forecasts to stay aware of potential flooding in your area:

    Monitoring Tools:

    • NC Flooding Inundation Mapping Alert Network (FIMAN): Monitor weather radar and all stream, sound and river gauges to find out if flooding is expected in your community. Users can also look at scenarios of varying flood severity and the associated extent of potential building damage and community impacts.
    • NC Tides (NOAA): View details on coming tidal cycles for your location.

    Engage the Community with Citizen Science:

    Hurricane and Storm Surge

    Hurricane and Storm Surge

    View and consider bookmarking any of the following trusted sources for information regarding tropical storm and hurricane forecasts and impacts. 

    For information specific to disaster recovery assistance and timelines, communities should refer to North Carolina Division of Emergency Management's sites for MatthewFlorence, and Rebuild NC as well as the FEMA website for Florence.

    Marine Weather

    Marine Weather

    Understanding how weather and climate affect our everyday activities and long-term planning decisions begins with a robust monitoring network and data collection system. View below a portal for marine weather and ocean observations data for coastal North Carolina.

    Drought and Wildfire

    Drought and Wildfire

    "Drought conditions sometimes develop after a period of above average amounts of rainfall over an extended area. When this happens, the wet conditions have encouraged more plants and trees to grow and to gain nutrients. These new plants and shallow-rooted trees are the first to start to wilt when dry conditions begin.   If the dry conditions persist, a drought can develop, leading to conditions favorable for wildfires as all the excess dried-out vegetation provides ample fuel for the fires." (NC State Climate Office)

    Drought

    Wildfire

    • Wildfire/Emergency Response Situation Report (NC Forest Service): view the current status of wildfires in the state as well as monthly summaries
    • CISA Fire in Coastal Carolinas Story Map: Highlights peat soils, coastal fire events, and the monitoring of wildfire risk. It was developed by the Coastal Carolinas DEWS (Drought Early Warning System), a collaborative federal, state, and local interagency effort to improve early warning capacity and resilience to drought.