Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
July 9, 2004
by Meteorologist Kent Williams
Tallahassee-- The flooding of 1994 does not want to be relived by anyone. But many hydrological forecasting advances have surfaced in as the last decade, and others are in development designed to give residents more warning.
It's 9:00AM and forecasters are looking ahead to the day's storm possibilities. But hydrologist Joel Lanier is also looking back, to size up what more rain would do to our current situation.
A hydrologist also has to be a meteorologist, geologist and biologist-- meaning he has to take into account all of those sciences to see how storm water runoff will impact the area. Doing his job better means using better technology, like faster river gauges.
"Instead of dialing into a modem every six hours, we will now can the info from satellite every hour," said NWS Hydrologist Joel Lanier.
And better computer models that are being developed to take into account the shape of a river channel. "The floodwave model uses hydrodynamics and channel geometry to model where the water is going to go."
Laser detected topography maps will help forecasters better picture the terrain down to increments of one foot to predict where the water will head, and new street level mapping will soon be on line to help people see in an easy to understand format what is happening.
But forecasters stress the 500 year flood will come around again. "The next time this happens it will be worse, just because of the economic impact and the population growth," said NWS Meteorologist Paul Duval. "That is just the way it is going to be."
So better communication is in place between local and state agencies, and river dam failure disaster drills are planned to better respond to the worst mother nature has to offer.
The flood disaster drill occurs every five years. The next drill will take place at the Georgia Power Dam on Lake Blackshear August 17th.