Spring flooding in Hoboken?
AP Science Writer Randolphe Schmid published a report this week, announcing that certain areas of the country are prone to flooding this spring due to an active jet stream, more rain, and melting snow pack.
In the map below, Hoboken is included in the area of above average risk. However, I’m not so sure how the melting snow pack and saturated ground can effect us, since we have neither. Unless the river levels will be higher than normal, I expect Hoboken to be in the “we pretty flood anyway, so this is irrelevant” risk category.
Forecasters predict possible widespread flooding
Government forecasters said Thursday that the floods washing over large parts of the Midwest are just a taste of things to come, with one meteorologist complaining about a jet stream “on steroids.” Record rainfall and melting snow packs will continue to cause rivers to overflow in large areas of the country, the National Weather Service said.
The greatest flooding danger includes much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, the lower Missouri River basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York, all of New England and portions of the West, including Colorado and Idaho.
“Overall moisture is unprecedented for this time of year over an area that extends over 1,000 miles,” said Doug LeComte, a meteorologist at the government’s Climate Prediction Center. Joanna Dionne, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Hydrologic Services section, added that “all the ingredients are there for flooding in this broad area and up into the northeast.”
“American citizens should be on high alert to flood conditions in your communities. Arm yourselves with information about how to stay safe during a flood and do not attempt to drive on flooded roadways,” said Vickie Nadolski, deputy director of the weather service.
LeComte noted that a La Nina, an unusual cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean has been under way and that often leads to wetter conditions in the U.S. Midwest. However, he added, “what’s happened in the last few months has not been a typical La Nina, the jet stream’s been on steroids.” The forecast models differ on whether it will continue into summer, he said,”we’ll have to wait and see.”
Links all over the ‘net… like this one.