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A Look at Midwest Rain and Melting Snow that Contributed to Flooding

28 Feb 2018, 1:04 pm


Much of the U.S. Midwest has received above normal precipitation this winter. A NASA rainfall analysis provided a look at the precipitation that contributed to current flooding.

Lmpd River Patrol has been very busy patrolling and checking numerous areas during this flooding period.

Posted by Louisville Metro Police Department on Monday, February 26, 2018

[Flooding along the Ohio River in Louisville, KY. Credit: Louisville Metro Police Department via Storyful/Facebook]

Recent heavy rainfall and melting snow has caused flooding from eastern Texas to Michigan. Major flooding is expected along the Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky. On Feb. 23, the National Weather Service noted that several locations along the Ohio River near Louisville were under flood warnings. Parts of Arkansas and Indiana are also preparing for major flooding.

[Data collected from December 21 to February 23 in this NASA TMPA rainfall anomaly analysis indicated that parts of the upper Midwest have had 0.2 inches of precipitation per day above normal so far this winter. Credits: NASA/Hal Pierce]

At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, a rainfall anomaly analysis was made by comparing rainfall data compiled during the twelve year period from 2001 to 2012 to “near real-time” Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA-RT 3B42RT) data collected from December 21, 2017 to February 23, 2018.

This TMPA rainfall anomaly analysis indicated that parts of the upper Midwest have had 5 mm (0.2 inches) of precipitation per day above normal so far this winter. Much of the U.S. southwest and west were found to have lower than normal amounts of precipitation. Experimental Multi-satellite rainfall anomaly analyses have been automatically calculated and those data shared with the public for over a decade.

[Flooding along the Ohio River in Ripley, OH. Credit: Travis Dotson via Storyful/YouTube]

The National Weather Service noted on Feb. 23, “The heavy rainfall that began last week and continued over the weekend has brought widespread flooding to the central and southern U.S., from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Numerous river systems will remain in flood stage this week. Another round of rainfall is forecast across the Lower/Mid-Miss. and Tenn. River Valleys Tuesday into Wednesday, which will exacerbate the ongoing flood threat.”

Edited for WeatherNation by Meteorologist Mace Michaels