Figure 1: Snow Water Equivalent Image (Courtesy of NOHRSC)
Figure 2: USGS Current Streamflow Analysis
Figure 3: 90 Day Percentage of Mean Precipitation Analysis (Courtesy of Midwest Climate Center)
Figure 4: U.S. Drought Monitor
Figure 5: Soil Moisture Anomaly (mm)
Figure 6: 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook
Figure 7: 8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook
Figure 8: Three Month Temperature Outlook
Figure 9: Three Month Precipitation Outlook
Quad Cities, IA/IL
...Hydrologic Outlook - Issued Thursday, March 28, 2013...
Highlights for eastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois, and far northeastern Missouri:
- The spring flood potential is slightly above normal for the lower Rock River.
- The potential for spring flooding is below normal for the mainstem Mississippi River from near Dubuque, Iowa downstream to Gregory Landing, Missouri, and for the Iowa and Cedar Rivers.
- Spring flood potential is near normal for all other area tributary rivers across eastern Iowa, northwestern and western Illinois and far northeastern Missouri.
- Current conditions as of March 28, 2013:
- Above normal winter season precipitation
- There is considerable snow pack to the north with water equivalent of 2 inches across southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota, and in excess of 4 inches of water equivalent across portions of central and northern Wisconsin and Minnesota
- Near to below normal soil moisture
- Deep frost, especially in areas along and to the north of Interstate 80
- Near normal stream levels
* The frost depth will be an important factor to watch in the coming weeks. A deep frost could cause increased runoff from any heavy rainfall events that were to occur.
These Hydrologic Outlooks are issued near the end of each month throughout the year. Also, check out the New Experimental Long-Range River Flood Risk graphical outlook information.
Snow Water Equivalent
90 Day Precipitation Departure
U.S. Drought Monitor
Current Soil Moisture Anomaly
8-14 Day Temp Outlook
8-14 Day Precip Outlook
3 Month Temp Outlook
3 Month Precip Outlook
Additional Outlook Information from the NWS North Central River Forecast Center
River and streamflow information:
Flood safety and flood insurance information:
Precipitation, temperature, and soil moisture information:
Flood Category definitions:
- Minor Flooding - minimal or no property damage, but possibly some public threat or inconvenience.
- Moderate Flooding - some inundation of structures and roads near streams. Some evacuations of people and/or transfer of property to higher elevations may be necessary.
- Major Flooding - extensive inundation of structures and both primary and secondary roads. Usually significant evacuations of people and/or transfer of property to higher elevations.