Should Be Moderate Compared to Last Year: NOAA

James Marshall
March 24, 2020

But the year of global pandemic and record wildfires in Australia will not also be a year of historic floods in the US, forecasters predict.

While numerous towns along the flood risk corridor expect flooding this spring, it is not predicted to be anywhere close to last year's record flood stage marks.

Previous year saw record floods in several regions of the country. The probability of a major flood state dropped from 94 percent to 59 percent. In addition, the potential for major flooding also rises in parts of the Upper Mississippi River, the James River, and along the Red River. While there are still some areas of concern across the Plains - particularly across parts of South Dakota, North Dakota, and into Minnesota where some moderate to major flooding is possible - most of Nebraska's rivers and tributaries are not under the threat for moderate to major flooding.

That's in part due to heavier than normal rainfall over the last 90 days in those watershed areas. In the U.S., this is due to newly flowering trees, plants and flowers that will absorb the excessive abundance of moisture in both the air and soil. The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers are expected to sit above flood stage until at least April 2.

"From December to February we saw above-normal temperatures in nearly the entire continental United States", said Jon Gottschalck, a scientist at NOAA's Center for Climate Prediction.

Warmer temperatures are linked to climate change.

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