Thursday, April 17, 2008

Current major flooding in US a sign of things to come

Environmental News Network: Major floods striking America’s heartland this week offer a preview of the spring seasonal outlook, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service. Several factors will contribute to above-average flood conditions, including record rainfall in some states and snow packs, which are melting and causing rivers and streams to crest over their banks. This week, more than 250 communities in a dozen states are experiencing flood conditions.

The science supporting NOAA’s short-term forecasts allows for a high level of certainty. National Weather Service forecasters highlighted potential for the current major flood event a week in advance and began working with emergency managers to prepare local communities for the impending danger.

“We expect rains and melting snow to bring more flooding this spring,” said Vickie Nadolski, deputy director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Americans should be on high alert to flood conditions in your communities. Arm yourselves with information about how to stay safe during a flood and do not attempt to drive on flooded roadways — remember to always turn around, don’t drown.”

Ohio 5th District Congressman Paul Gillmor (1 February 1939 – c. 5 September 2007) touring flood devastated Ottawa, Ohio on August 24, 2007. From US Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery, via Wikimedia Commons

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