Flood Potential Considered Low


April 23, 2015


The Maine River Flow Advisory Commission hosted a conference call today to review current hydrologic conditions. This was a follow-up to last week’s conference call and is the last scheduled call for this year.

Snow Survey

Penobscot Lake on the Quebec border reported the most snow with 19.2 inches. The nearby Bald Mountain Township site reported the highest water content with 7.2 inches of water in 17 inches of snow. Twenty-six sites across the state reported just a trace of snow on the ground, while seventeen sites reported no snow. High snowpack density values show a fast melting snowpack. As the season winds down the Maine Geological Survey wants to thank all the folks who collected snow depth and water content data for them this season!

Maine Cooperative Snow Survey maps and data: http://www.maine.gov/rfac/rfac_snow.shtml

Stream Flow and Ice Conditions

Stream flows are slightly above normal for this time of year but with no significant rainfall forecast, potential of flooding remains low. Most monitored sites have peaked and are starting to recede.

Some ice remains in the St. John and Aroostook Rivers, but ice jamming potential is considered low.

Weather Outlook

According to the National Weather Service forecast offices in Gray and Caribou, temperatures are expected in the normal to slightly below normal range over the next week. Some showers are expected through the weekend with slightly more precipitation for Northern Maine, but a significant widespread storm is not forecast at this time. A more significant storm is predicted by the end of next week which will be closely monitored.

Flood Potential

Flood potential is considered low for the State at this time. Rain is the primary driver of flooding. MEMA reminds all to stay informed about the weather and to pay attention to NWS Watches and Warnings.

The River Flow Advisory Commission will not convene again until next March. MEMA would like to thank all of our partners and the various agencies that have attended and supported the River Flow Advisory Commission for the 2015 spring season!

For more information:

National Weather Service flood-related statements: http://www.maine.gov/mema/weather/flood.htm All forecasts from NWS Gray: http://www.weather.gov/gray All forecasts from NWS Caribou: http://www.weather.gov/caribou