Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Here Comes the Floods???

As we begin to head into spring, boy am I being optimistic, there is a lot of concern around here about the amount of snow on the ground. We were fortunate enough that the last several major storms missed us for the most part, however we still had almost our average seasonal amount of snow fall by the beginning of January. The big concern is about flooding when all of this snow melts.
Last year we had about an average year for snowfall with about 45 inches. This year we are at about 60 inches and still have at least a month or two to go. Last year the snow melted very quickly in March with consistently warm temperatures. The pictures above show some of the results. Most of our rivers ended up well over flood stage, like the Minnesota River pictured above. If we have a quick thaw this year, like we did last year, the flooding may be monumental.

5 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

I usually love to see the streams caused by melting snow. It never occurred to me that such a thing could cause an overflow.

Judy said...

If we are all lucky, the snow will take its time about melting, giving the water time to seep into the ground water, rather than flooding the rivers. Of course, there is no way to tell...

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Oh, dear, what uncertainty! Are you sandbagging yet, I wonder? Great shots of record snow and flooding
events.

Brooks Rownd said...

Love the spring melt time in MN. :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

We've had about 70+ inches of snow so far this year! I'm hoping that we get a gentle melt. I hope you folks make out okay.