Flood Safety Awareness Week Day 3 - Floods, Droughts, and more...

NOAA's National Weather Service has designated March 12 - 16, 2012 as the annual Flood Safety Awareness Week.

 Today’s topic is...Floods, Droughts, and other related Phenomena

Hydrologic extremes have always plagued our vast nation. In 2011 the nation experienced severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma, snowmelt flooding in the northern tier states, heavy rainfall flooding over the Ohio and Middle Mississippi River Valleys that lead to flooding along the Lower Mississippi River and inland flooding from tropical systems along the east coast states and into New England.  Each of these phenomena have their own unique set of risks and associated safety protocols.

Are you ready for a flood? Learn how to be prepared here...

Urban Flooding is a special flood concern in northern IL and northwest IN. During intense rainfall over urban areas, there is little lag time between the end of the heaviest rain rates and the peak of the water levels in small streams, ditches, viaducts, and other low lying areas.

CoCoRaHS map July 23 2011
CoCoRaHS rainfall reports from intense rainfall in Cook County on July 23, 2011.
Learn more about CoCoRaHS...


 July 23, 2011 rain rates



drought monitor
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Learn more about these events and other hydrologic extremes here....

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