Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
Possible flooding late this week
Winter rains are the perfect setup for flooding. The Ohio’s been running quite high for the past few weeks. Smaller rivers have had frequent up and downs recently, as well. During the winter our soil is almost always saturated. So heavy rains have nowhere to go except to run off into nature’s rain-collecting system. The next possible flooding system is knocking on our door right now.
A strong upper air trough will be working its way eastward from the Great Plains into the Ohio Valley. Ahead of the system, huge amounts of moisture are rapidly moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico. As the system slides our way, a series of smaller upper air disturbances will race from southwest to northeast ahead of the surface cold front. Each one will bring along the opportunity for rain. Light to moderate rain tomorrow (mostly during the morning), then heavier rain tomorrow night and Thursday. Rain should end Thursday night.
How much rain?
Models today are a little less generous with rain than they were a couple of days ago. Nevertheless, they are still high. Both the GFS and NAM are forecasting 1.5″ to 3″ for much of southern IN and northern KY. They also suggest as much as 4″ over southern KY.
With water levels already elevated, I’d expect many area rivers and streams could reach flood level by Thursday evening. The Ohio River should not reach flood stage.
Cold air arrives again Friday, but only for a brief stay. It won’t be anything like last week.
Of the millions of birds which migrate from the north into the United States for the winter, 35% never make it back to their nesting grounds. Of all the millions of birds which migrate southward from the United States each fall, 25% don’t make it back. (Audubon Society)