Flood Awareness Week is a National Weather Service annual campaign to remind the public of the dangers of flooding coming out of the cold weather season.
Happy Spring by the way! In my opinion flooding poses the biggest threat to northern New England residents. We don't get tornadoes that often in this neck of the woods compared to other parts of the country, winter storms are generally forecast day(s) in advance with enough notice to the public, and the fire season is short locally and usually doesn't threaten people's homes. However when it comes to flooding our entire area is at risk.
Flooding can happen along Lake Champlain, the area rivers, downtown cities, and rural roadways. Unfortunately I have covered numerous news stories locally where as I was interviewing people, they were telling me they were pumping out their basements and didn't have flood insurance.
Well the one-stop-shop for today's blog is here:
This is Burlington's National Weather Service web page for the Flood Awareness Week. I know I'm late to the game as this has started Monday, March 18, but I was focusing on that recent snow storm. Which by the way, that recent snow may affect the area's flood risk as we head towards warmer weather. The NWS will release its bi-weekly assessment on spring flooding potential and the outlook for our area Thursday, March 21. I'll provide the details on how that is looking once it's released! The latest outlook shows a near-normal snow pack and near-normal threat for flooding this spring.
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier