Everyday around the world, small groups of river forecasters study the state of nature, put science to the test, and have the results held out in front of them. There's no cheating on this exam and there is no denying the score.
Some of the most horrific disasters happen when water gets out of control. While floods come to mind, droughts do more damage with their slow chaos. Yet, when disasters are not happening, society goes on with the daily use of water to keep civilization humming. The forecaster is there all the time, in good times and in bad.
When nature signals its intentions, the forecaster should be the first to know. He or she would then need to know who to contact next. The message should be clear, specific and relevant, able to affect a decision.
I love river forecasting. There, I said it. It feels good.
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