Flood Potential Outlook
Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH

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000 FGUS71 KILN 202009 ESFILN INC029-041-047-115-137-155-161-177-KYC015-023-037-041-077-081-117- 135-161-187-191-201-OHC001-011-015-017-021-023-025-027-037-041- 045-047-049-057-061-065-071-073-089-091-097-107-109-113-129-131- 135-141-145-149-159-165-032015- WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 409 PM EDT FRI MAR 20 2015 ...WINTER/SPRING FLOOD POTENTIAL OUTLOOK... ...FLOOD POTENTIAL THROUGH APRIL 2 IS ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION. THIS OUTLOOK IS THE FOURTH IN A BIWEEKLY SERIES OF OUTLOOKS FOR THE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING. ABOVE NORMAL FLOOD POTENTIAL MEANS AT LEAST A CHANCE OF MORE WIDESPREAD FLOODING WITH SOME POINTS POSSIBLY REACHING MODERATE OR MAJOR FLOOD LEVELS. THE FLOOD OUTLOOK IS ISSUED BY LOCAL NWS OFFICES IN WINTER AND EARLY SPRING TO SUMMARIZE BASIN CONDITIONS AND TO ASSESS THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING. THE OUTLOOKS ARE BASED ON CURRENT AND FORECAST HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. THE FACTORS CONSIDERED WHEN DETERMINING FLOOD POTENTIAL INCLUDE CURRENT STREAMFLOW AND RESERVOIR LEVELS COMPARED TO NORMAL FOR THE PERIOD...WATER EQUIVALENT IN ANY SNOW PACK...SOIL MOISTURE AND EXPECTED PRECIPITATION. ...SNOW COVER AND SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT... THERE IS NO LONGER A SNOWPACK OVER THE AREA. ...STREAMFLOW... STREAMFLOW VALUES WERE ABOVE TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL FOR MID TO LATE MARCH ACROSS THE REGION. ...ICE... RIVER ICE IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM. ...SOIL MOISTURE... SOILS WERE NEARLY SATURATED ACROSS THE AREA...OPTIMIZING ANY FUTURE RUNOFF. ...RESERVOIR CAPACITY... AREA RESERVOIRS ARE EITHER AT OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE WINTER POOL. HOWEVER MOST LAKES ARE STILL ONLY UTILIZING LESS THAN 20 PERCENT OF THEIR STORAGE CAPACITY. THE HIGHEST LAKES ARE RELEASING WATER IN ORDER TO BRING LAKE LEVELS CLOSER TO OPTIMUM FLOOD CONTROL. ...WEATHER TRENDS AND PRECIPITATION... FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF THE OUTLOOK PERIOD...THE FIRST HALF WILL BE DRY...WITH LIGHT RAIN SYSTEMS POSSIBLE BY MID WEEK. FOR THE 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK PERIOD...BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST WITH NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. REAL TIME RIVER INFORMATION AND FORECASTS FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS ALONG RIVERS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN OHIO...NORTHERN KENTUCKY AND SOUTHEAST INDIANA CAN BE FOUND AT (ALL IN LOWERCASE): WEATHER.GOV/ILN/ AND THEN CLICK ON THE RIVERS AND LAKES TAB. $$

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