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NOAA predicts 'mixed bag' of spring weather in the U.S.


Some states may see significant flooding this spring
Some states may see significant flooding this spring

Staff writers

March 28, 2013 — NOAA is predicting severe drought and extreme floods in parts of the U.S. this spring.

Above-average temperatures may lead to drought in some places (courtesy: Diane Picard)
Above-average temperatures may lead to drought in some places (courtesy: Diane Picard)

NOAA issued its three-month spring outlook for the U.S. earlier this week, warning of little drought relief for parts of Texas, the southwest, the Great Plains and Florida.

These areas are expected to see above-average temperatures mixed with below-average spring precipitation.

In other parts of the country, flooding may be an issue.

Places like North Dakota and northwest Minnesota could see moderate to major flooding, according to NOAA.

Current models suggest that North Dakota's Devils and Stump Lakes have a 50% chance of rising more than 60 cm, which could submerge more than 8,000 hectares of farms and roads.

Mississippi, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri could also see floods as the snowpack starts to melt.

"This outlook reminds us of the climate diversity and weather extremes we experience in North America, where one state prepares for flooding while neighbuoring states are parched, with no drought relief in sight," said Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, in a statement.

"Weather can turn on a dime, so it's important to stay tuned to the daily weather forecast. Spring weather, such as tornadoes and flash floods, develop quickly and require preparation and vigilance," she added.

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