Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Flooding Threat

Precipitation (rain and melted snow) in just the first part of 2013 in the Quad Cities is already running about 2.8" above average.

We've already seen some flooding on area lakes, rivers, and streams across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys earlier this month, but we could be seeing more this spring.

Here is the Spring Flood Risk forecast from NOAA.

Unfortunately, it shows a "moderate" risk of flooding across eastern Iowa and western Illinois.  For the rest of Illinois, there is a "minor" risk.

Much of this forecast will depend on how much rain and snow falls this spring and how fast the snow melts across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.  There's still roughly 20-39 inches of snow still on the ground to our north.

 And, from this wet precipitation forecast locally for April, May, and June from NOAA, it's not looking good.

Thank you for checking out our blog.  

Meteorologist Anthony Peoples


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