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First Spring Flood Outlook

National Weather Service

The risk of flooding this spring is considered "above normal." That's according to the  National Weather Service in its first Spring Flood Outlook for this year for the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

A hydrologist in the Davenport office, Jessica Brooks, says since there's so little snow in the upper Midwest, the main factor this spring will be rain.
The plains states are expecting above normal precipitation this spring, and some of that could move east, but Brooks says there are no other signs yet indicating how much rain we'll get in the coming weeks. 

Currently, there's a 50 per cent chance the Mississippi will reach flood stage in the Quad Cities, and a 25 per cent chance it'll reach 2 feet over flood stage. 
The flood chances are somewhat higher along the Mississippi downstream from the Quad Cities, because of snow still on the ground along some of its Iowa tributaries.

Higher chances due to Iowa, Skunk, and Des Moines rivers.

The National Weather Service will issue its second flood outlook in two weeks (3/3).

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.