Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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Winter/Spring Flood Potential Outlook
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
502 PM EDT Thu Mar 16 2017

...THE SPRING FLOOD OUTLOOK CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL POTENTIAL OF
RIVER FLOODING ACROSS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH EARLY
SPRING...

Each winter and early spring, The National Weather Service office
in Newport/Morehead City, NC issues a series of flood potential
outlooks. These outlooks estimate the potential for river
flooding across the Newport/Morehead City forecast office`s
Hydrologic Service Area (HSA). The outlook is based on the
current assessment of hydrometeorological factors which
contribute to river flooding. These factors include, but are not
limited to recent precipitation, soil moisture, snow cover and
snow water equivalent, stream flows, and expected future weather
conditions.

Historically for the Carolinas the river flood season begins in
early to mid January with the number of flood events increasing
through late winter with a peak in early to mid March...ending in
late April for the region.

Warm and dry conditions in February have led to river levels
running below normal. Future rainfall is expected to be near normal
and this will lead to a below normal potential for river flooding
through spring.

The next outlook will be issued on March 30 2017.

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