Friday, March 13, 2015

Flooding Risk Ahead and the Record Books


MONDAY PM UPDATE

As we hit the start of Meteorological Spring (March 1st) we began filling the rain gauge quickly with the help of record breaking snowfall then heavy periods of rain to follow. The National Weather Service in Paducah has recorded 7.95 inches so far for the month making it the 8th wettest on record so far.

Thanks to another record snowfall back in February, the Paducah National Weather Service has recorded the 6th wettest start to a calendar year with 15.24" since January 1st. This makes it the wettest start since 1989 when 21.82" was measured through March 14 of that year.

Rivers in the WPSD Local 6 area are expected to continue rising through next week. Here is a look at expected river crest heights and times: (River forecasts are updated once a day. Latest information is provided below.)

The Ohio River at CAIRO:
  • At 11:00 AM Monday the stage was 47.5 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 40.0 feet. 
  • Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will crest near 48.5 feet by Wednesday morning.
The Ohio River at PADUCAH:
  • At 11 AM Monday the stage was 44.9 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 39.0 feet. 
  • Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will crest near 45.0 feet by tomorrow morning
The Ohio River at BROOKPORT:
  • At 6 AM Monday the stage was 46.6 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 37.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will crest near 47.0 feet by tomorrow morning.
The Ohio River at SMITHLAND:
  • At 11 AM Monday the stage was 44.5 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 40.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will remain near 44.5 feet for the next 3 days.

Noon SATURDAY UPDATE
Radar estimated rainfall totals as of Saturday Noon
Here is a list of storm reports from the National Weather Service in Paducah and Memphis as of Noon on Saturday. Once the rain has wrapped up this evening, I will post the final totals reported to each NWS office. 



Rivers in the WPSD Local 6 area are expected to continue rising through next week. Here is a look at expected river crest heights and times: (River forecasts are updated once a day. Latest information is provided below.)

The Ohio River at CAIRO:
  • At 10:00 PM Friday the stage was 43.5 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 40.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 48.5 feet by Thursday morning then begin falling.
The Ohio River at PADUCAH:
  • At 10:00 PM Friday the stage was 42.0 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 39.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 45.0 feet by Wednesday morning then begin falling.
The Ohio River at BROOKPORT:
  • At 7:00 PM Friday the stage was 43.5 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 37.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 47.0 feet by Wednesday morning. Additional rises may be possible thereafter.
The Ohio River at SMITHLAND:
  • At 10:00 PM Friday the stage was 41.7 feet. 
  • Flood Stage is 40.0 feet. 
  • Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. 
  • Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 44.5 feet by early Wednesday morning. Additional rises may be possible thereafter.

9PM FRIDAY UPDATE

Here is a list of storm reports from the National Weather Service in Paducah and Nashville as of 9PM Friday evening:




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