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Midwest Floods

Many times I speak about the weather conditions in Northern New England because I live and  feel it every day. Recently, I provided information about Flood Awareness Week. While we are still sitting on huge mounds of snow on the ground,  Caribou (Maine) set an all time winter snow record with 187.5 inches of snow, it is still rather chilly here and the flood potential is yet to come.

Our attention goes to the Midwest where floods are happening today and will not abate anytime soon. The Midwest floods are  a combination of heavy rain on top of the snow. A couple weeks ago, Columbus (Ohio) broke an all-time 24 hour snowfall. The old record was a little 15 inches in 1910. 2008 will go into the books with 21 inches of snow. The annual average for this community is 28 inches.

Wisconsin has a number of communities with record snows as well.  So, there you go – too much snow, plus an onset of spring warmth and rains = trouble.  We have had big snows in other years but the manner in which is melts can and makes all the difference. The national weather service has mapped the problem area as they see it for the next 10 days.

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