From Drought to Flooding

Memorial Day weekend 2013 will go down in Iowa as one of the wettest ever! Iowa has been locked in an active, wet pattern for the past several days that has resulted in some portions of the state receiving upwards of 10″ of rain. Below is a map as of this morning, showing the ridiculously heavy rainfall some portions of the state of have received.

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The week continues to look very wet across the area as the pattern remains in place. The HPC QPF forecast for the next 5 days shows the potential for ANOTHER 5-6″ of rain across already water logged areas. Hard to believe we were talking drought conditions across much of the state not that long ago.

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Many roads across the state remain closed as flood waters run rampant. Please DO NOT drive across a flooded road! Remember, it only takes a few inches of flowing water to sweep away your vehicle with you in it!

Today I ventured out and did a little “flood chasing”. Pics below are from the South Skunk River just E of Pella, Iowa as well as the North Skunk River E and N of New Sharon, Iowa.

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