Your NOAA’s National Weather Service has issued the first Spring Flood Outlook for the Red River Valley and Devils Lake Basin. The entire outlook is available by clicking here. Basically, with the current snowpack, preexisting soil moisture and forecast for this spring, minor flooding is the most likely outcome.
As is always the case with spring flooding in the Red River Valley, the rate of the melt and any precipitation that falls during the melt have significant impacts. These two critical elements are more accurately predicted once we get closer to the start of flooding. We therefore remind you to pay close attention to future flood outlooks and statements as we get into the spring season.
Generally speaking, flooding starts across the southern Red River Valley in mid to late March and continues through much of April. Except in significant events, snowmelt flooding is usually done in the Red River Valley by early May.
The Devils Lake basin flooding operates on a different time scale, with the peak in lake levels usually occurring in early to mid summer. At this time a one half to one foot rise is anticipated on Devils Lake and East Stump Lake.
The next scheduled spring flood outlook will be on Friday March 7th 2008.