The warmer-than-normal winter means less snowpack, which translates to much lower odds of Nebraskans seeing a repeat of last year’s record flooding in the Missouri River valley.
Jeff Zogg, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, is releasing a spring flood outlook and it will be music to most people’s ears.
“Looking at the current conditions we have right now indicates an average or below-average risk of flooding,” Zogg says, “so, definitely in better shape this year than we have been in the past couple of years.”
The last few winters have seen plenty of snow and records for the amount of time that snow stayed on the ground, but that’s not the case this winter.
Zogg says the snowpack in the Missouri basin so far this winter has been below-average, which tends to lessen the flood risk.
The news may allow those who experienced last summer’s flooding on the Missouri to rest a little easier.
“We’re looking at conditions in the Missouri River basin all the way to its headwaters in western Montana and the current snowpack in the mountains across the upper Missouri basin is average to below-average with very little snow in the plains right now,” Zogg says.
Heavy snowpack in the mountains last year led to large runoff that eventually turned into the water that flooded the areas along the Missouri River.