FLOOD OUTLOOK: Normal Risk For Spring

Posted on: 12:08 pm, February 20, 2014, by

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Despite the wet weather overnight Wednesday into Thursday, the National Weather Service is saying the threat of spring flooding this year is no higher or lower than normal.

The NWS puts out two spring flood outlooks, one in February and one in March.

Experts say there are factors that tend to increase the risk of flooding and factors that tend to decrease the risk.

The deep frost, for example, tends to increase the risk. However, the below normal soil moisture tends to decrease the risk of flooding.

Officials considered all the factors to assess the flood risk as near normal.

3 comments

  • Hillbilly weatherman says:

    I respect the National Weather Service. They save lives. But the NWS is wrong about this. We have seen massive flooding in just about every city in Iowa over the past 10 years. Not to mention the floods of 93. What we have not seen is that scale of flooding hitting all of Iowas larger citys at once or days apart. This is going to happen sooner then most folks think. A scale of flooding the will wipe out much of Iowas crop as well.

  • Many think that drought soil will suck up moisture like a sponge. When it is warm, of course it will…But what little moisture in the top soil that freezes, that will prevent absorption, leading to run off, aka flooding. If the spring rain/snow thaw does not come until after the frost line thaws, there is going to be flooding with no repair to the drought soil or aquifers.

  • Area towns up north & Des Moines
    is gonna have to move on this & dynamite the Des Moines River, cause the ground is frozen & no-where for this water to go.
    It was just slush/mud/slop/heavy snow/ for me shoveling today.

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