Friday, February 6, 2009

Melting = Flooding

Get ready for the big melt-down. Highs are going to be fabulous today and tomorrow. We will be near 50 degrees both days.

The sloppy streets are going to make it tough to see through the windshield of your car. Make sure the wipers are in good shape and the washer fluid chamber is full.

The end of the weekend and the start of next week is going to be interesting. We are going to have a strong storm system swing through the state from the southwest. We are going to see up to an inch of rain. Calculate the extra 1 to 3 inches of water in the snow that is melting over the northern 1/2 of Iowa....we will see some flooding.

Ice jams are possible in rivers. The ice will start to break apart and can pile up near bridges or make dams along the river banks. It causes localized flooding.

Iowa D.O.T. and county workers can take cranes to the bridges and break up the ice. In other states dynamite is used to blow up the ice.

Next week two storm systems are going to collide. The early-week storm will be moving out as the Wednesday/Thursday storm moves into the state. This could give us more rain on Wed. Then gusty wind with a chance for snow early Thursday. Watching and favorite thing to do!

Enjoy the great weather today and tomorrow!!!


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