Flood outlook for Devils Lake Basin for 2016

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

The updated Spring Flood Outlook is now available.

With the lower precipitation this winter and mild conditions expected, the threat for significant flooding on the Red River is low for this spring compared to historical averages. The snowpack and snow water equivalent (SWE) are at 40 to 80 percent of normal in most areas. However, snowpack and SWE are near normal in the Devils Lake Basin.

- The threat for significant, impactful, snowmelt flooding is low:

-- Slightly less than historical risk for Red River Basin locales.

-- Slightly above historical risk for the Devils Lake Basin.

Snowpack in the sub-basins and streamflow conditions are somewhat higher than 2015, but generally less than the 2014 spring runoff.

- The spring thaw/runoff period will remain El Nino affected.

The NWS Climate Prediction Center expects Mar-Apr-May to have temperatures warmer and precipitation near to slightly less than long-term averages.