Flood WatchApril 11th, 2014 at 9:39 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the graphics to enlarge. A Flood Watch (see graphic on the left) will be in effect from late Saturday afternoon through Monday. Look at the graphic on the right. I hope that’s way overdone, but the forecast here from NOAA shows up to 4.7″ of rain for Central Michigan over a 72-hour period. There are also Flood Advisories in effect for the Grand River at Ionia, the Looking Glass River at Eagle and the Muskegon River at Evart. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service says: “BY MIDDAY MONDAY…ONE TO POSSIBLY THREE INCHES OF RAIN MAY FALL ACROSS THE WATCH AREA.” River levels are already high and we expect runoff rates to be a little higher than average. We anticipate that rainfall of 1″ could cause minor flooding issues, while a rainfall of 2 1/2 – 3″ would cause moderate flooding. Here’s where you can check area river levels. Here’s the complete write-up/forecast from the GRR NWS. We’ve been very lucky to escape the snowmelt without heavy rain. Since March 1st, Grand Rapids has had 2.10″ of precipitation. That’s 1.34″ below average or 61% of average.
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