Photos of Flooding Wednesday

 

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This post was written by Schnack on April 17, 2013

Snow/Flooding Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on March 11, 2013

Flood Outlook

The National Weather Service came out with the last scheduled flood outlook this spring unless needed. 

The below graphics show the highlights from the three reports. 

Blog Graphic 1

Blog Graphic 2

Click on the links below for more detailed information on the flood outlook.

NWS Des Moines

NWS Quad Cities

NWS La Crosse

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This post was written by Schnack on March 7, 2013

Record Heat…Storm Photos…Rain Totals

A few storms north of Highway 20  were severe this afternoon. Some storms produced golf ball sized hail and some rain reports are 2″+. At the same time many others in the viewing area were dry again and HOT. Here are the high temperatures across the state.

Iowa City broke the record high today. Here is how the others compared.

Ok now lets look at the storm photos.
Cresco By Ryan Wilson

Ridgeway By Andy Ludeking

Ridgeway By Julie Kriener

Waukon By Shirley Snitker

West Union By KWWL Weather Tracker

Cresco By Jill Smith

Ridgeway By Niki Konkel

These storms dumped a lot of rain in a short amount of time. Here are just a few rain totals of more than 0.50″ from this afternoon.

2.07″ Dorchester
2.06″ Cresco
1.75″ Monona
1.50″ Bluffton
1.22″ Harpers Ferry
1.13″ Ion
0.91″ Decorah
0.80″ Waukon
0.76″ Marquette
0.74″ Prairie du Chien
0.61″ Boscobel

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This post was written by Schnack on July 18, 2012

Flood Stage Changes

Yesterday I posted how Lansing flood stage along the Mississippi River was going to change, well there are some more changes. Here are the other forecast points along a few rivers that will have changes.

 

Click on the image above to enlarge. Here is how you read the data above.

WVLI4: river forecast point identifier
Cedar R at Waverly: this is the Cedar River at Waverly
12/+0.5: This means the new flood stage will be 12 feet and that is a change to make it 0.5 ft higher.

Here is the statement from the NWS in Des Moines.

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the National Weather Service in Des Moines will change the Flood Stage, Moderate Flood Stage and Major Flood Stage for 44 river forecast points.  These changes were coordinated with various local, state and Federal officials, as well as the public.

Please note that the flood stage will change by several feet at several locations.

 

Click here for the official NWS Des Moines service change notification–issued on February 6, 2012.

 

Click here for a list of talking points.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 7, 2012

Mississippi River at Lansing…Flood Stage Change


Starting on February 9, 2012 the NWS will change the flood stage at Lansing along the Mississippi River. The current flood stage is 18 ft. The flood stage will now be 17 ft. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service.

FROM: MIKE WELVAERT  
 SERVICE HYDROLOGIST  
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  
 LA CROSSE WI  
  
SUBJECT: FLOOD STAGE CHANGE FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT  
 LANSING IOWA /LNSI4/  
  
*** REMINDER ***  
  
EFFECTIVE AT 1800 COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME ON FEBRUARY 9...2012...  
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CHANGE THE FLOOD STAGE FOR THE  
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LANSING IOWA /LNSI4/.  
  
FLOODING EVENTS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE LED LOCAL EMERGENCY  
MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO RE-EVALUATE THE LOCAL  
FLOOD PLAIN IN THE LANSING AREA...AND THEY ARE REQUESTING A LOWER  
FLOOD STAGE ELEVATION FOR LANSING.  
  
THE NEW FLOOD STAGE REFERENCED IN ALL HYDROLOGIC STATEMENTS AND  
WARNINGS...INCLUDING FLOOD WARNINGS AND FLOOD STATEMENTS...WILL BE  
AS FOLLOWS:  
  
LANSING LNSI4 NEW FLOOD STAGE...17 FT /OLD FS WAS 18 FT/  
  
ALL OTHER FLOOD CATEGORY LEVELS WILL REMAIN THE SAME:  
  
 MINOR 17 FT MODERATE 19 FT MAJOR 20 FT  
  
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK. IF YOU HAVE  
ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS CHANGE...PLEASE CONTACT:  
  
 MIKE WELVAERT  
 SERVICE HYDROLOGIST  
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE  
 N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA  
 LA CROSSE WI 54601  
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This post was written by Schnack on February 6, 2012

2012 Spring Flood Outlooks

FROM NWS:
Below is the schedule for National Weather Service spring flood outlooks for 2012.

Each National Weather Service forecast office will issue an outlook for its respective service area.
·         Thursday, January 26, 2012: Optional outlook. This outlook may be issued depending on current conditions as well as partner and user interest.
·         Thursday, February 16, 2012: Mandatory outlook. This is a regularly scheduled outlook.
·         Thursday, March 1, 2012:  Mandatory outlook. This is a regularly scheduled outlook.
·         Thursday, March 8, 2012: Optional outlook. If there are significant changes to the current conditions between March 1 and March 6, then this outlook will be issued to support the NOAA National Spring Outlook media briefing.
·         Thursday, March 22, 2012: Optional outlook. This outlook may be issued depending on current conditions as well as partner and user interest.
Below are some related, additional dates of interest.
·         March 12-16, 2012: National Flood Safety Awareness Week. See the Web site which is maintained year-round at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/ .
·         Thursday, March 15, 2012: the NOAA National Spring Outlook media briefing.
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This post was written by Schnack on December 12, 2011

Tri-State Flooding Damage Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on July 28, 2011

Heavy Rain Turns to Flooding

Heavy rain in north central Iowa this afternoon fell in the Cedar River basin. The 4-6″ of rain is enough for the river to rise pretty quickly and above flood stage. The image below shows where the radar estimates the heaviest rain to have fallen. Click here for the Cedar River forecast. If you want to see other rivers…there is a button on the right side of the blog that says “River Levels”.

Here are some rain totals I have found in eastern Iowa:
Osage: 4.20
Charles City: 2.18
Ionia: 2.15
Fairbank: 1.90
West Union: 1.63
Cresco: 0.82
Denver: 0.73
Waukon: 0.70
Harpers Ferry: 0.46
Arlington: 0.31
Guttenberg: 0.30″
Waverly: 0.24
Monona: 0.22
Waterloo (KWWL): 0.17
Cedar Falls: 0.15
Gladbrook: 0.10
Waterloo (Airport): 0.09

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This post was written by Schnack on July 15, 2011

Missouri River Flooding

Here is in Iowa, we know all too well what it is like to have water close roads, homes and business under water and farm land turned into a river. The Missouri River has been causing major flooding for a while and will for most of the summer. Here are some photos that show how bad it really is. Click on the photo to see many more photos.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 16, 2011