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Iowa Hydrologic Information Statement

Note that if drought conditions are not being experienced, or in the case of river flooding or heavy rain, this statement may be used to indicate river flows or flood potential.

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IAC011-019-031-045-055-057-061-087-095-097-101-103-105-107-111-113-
115-139-163-177-183-ILC011-015-067-071-073-085-109-131-155-161-177-
187-195-MOC045-199-051618-

PROBABILISTIC HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
1018 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

...SPRING FLOOD OUTLOOK NUMBER 2...

THIS SPRING FLOOD AND WATER RESOURCES OUTLOOK IS FOR THE QUAD CITIES 
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA...WHICH INCLUDES PORTIONS OF EASTERN 
IOWA...NORTHWESTERN AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...AND EXTREME 
NORTHEASTERN MISSOURI. THIS AREA INCLUDES THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND 
ITS TRIBUTARIES FROM BELOW GUTTENBERG LD10 IOWA TO BELOW GREGORY 
LANDING MISSOURI. THE OUTLOOK IS FOR THE TIME PERIOD FROM EARLY 
MARCH THROUGH EARLY JUNE.

THIS HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK IS A STATISTICAL LOOK AT THE RISK FOR 
FLOODING DUE TO SNOWMELT AND NORMAL SPRING THAWING CONDITIONS. 
THESE VALUES DO NOT REFLECT THE FLOODING POTENTIAL DUE TO ICE JAMS. 
THE OUTLOOK ASSUMES NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WILL 
OCCUR DURING THE OUTLOOK TIME PERIOD. IF TEMPERATURES AND 
PRECIPITATION ARE NOT NEAR NORMAL...THEN THE ACTUAL RISK OF FLOODING 
MAY DIFFER FROM WHAT THE OUTLOOK CURRENTLY INDICATES.

...THE SPRING FLOOD RISK FOR THE ROCK AND PECATONICA RIVERS IN 
NORTHWEST ILLINOIS IS NEAR NORMAL. 

...THE SPRING FLOOD RISK FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS BELOW NORMAL 
FROM NEAR DUBUQUE IA DOWNSTREAM TO NEW BOSTON IL...NEAR NORMAL FROM 
KEITHSBURG IL TO GREGORY LANDING MO.

...THE SPRING FLOOD RISK FOR THE EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHEASTERN 
MISSOURI TRIBUTARY RIVERS IS GENERALLY NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

THE LACK OF WINTER PRECIPITATION AND CURRENT SNOWPACK CONDITIONS 
ACROSS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI WATERSHED...ARE INDICATING A LOW 
LIKELIHOOD OF ANY SIGNIFICANT OR WIDESPREAD SPRING FLOODING FROM 
SNOWMELT RUNOFF.

A BELOW NORMAL SNOWPACK...BELOW NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE 
CONDITIONS...AND SEASONAL FROST DEPTHS ALL SUPPORT A LOW RISK OF 
SPRING SNOWMELT FLOODING. ANY SPRING FLOODING THAT OCCURS WILL 
LIKELY BE DRIVEN BY SPRING RAIN EVENTS.
 
STILL A FACTOR TO WATCH IS THE FROST DEPTH ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA. 
THE FROZEN SOILS ACROSS EASTERN IOWA AND WEST CENTRAL AND 
NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS MAY INTERFERE WITH THE ABSORPTION OF SNOWMELT 
AND RAINFALL...AND INCREASE THE RATE OF RUNOFF. THE TRANSISTION TO 
WARMER TEMPERATURES NEXT WEEK WILL LIKELY RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT 
MELTING.

IN TABLE 1 BELOW, THE CURRENT (CS) AND HISTORICAL (HS) OR NORMAL 
PROBABILITIES OF EXCEEDING MINOR...MODERATE...AND MAJOR FLOOD STAGES 
ARE LISTED FOR THE VALID TIME PERIOD.

CS VALUES INDICATE THE PROBABILITY OF REACHING A FLOOD CATEGORY
BASED ON CURRENT CONDITIONS.

HS VALUES INDICATE THE PROBABILITY OF REACHING A FLOOD CATEGORY
BASED ON HISTORICAL OR NORMAL CONDITIONS.

WHEN THE VALUE OF CS IS GREATER THAN HS...THE PROBABILITY OF
EXCEEDING THAT LEVEL IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL. WHEN THE VALUE OF CS IS
LESS THAN HS...THE PROBABILITY OF EXCEEDING THAT LEVEL IS LOWER
THAN NORMAL.

...TABLE 1--PROBABILITIES FOR MINOR...MODERATE AND MAJOR FLOODING... 
                    VALID  PERIOD: 3/9/2015 - 6/7/2015

                                       :    CURRENT AND HISTORICAL
                                       :     CHANCES OF EXCEEDING
                                       :       FLOOD CATEGORIES
                                       :      AS A PERCENTAGE (%)
                      CATEGORICAL      :
                   FLOOD STAGES (FT)   :   MINOR    MODERATE   MAJOR
LOCATION           MINOR   MOD   MAJOR :  CS   HS   CS   HS   CS   HS
--------           -----  -----  ----- : ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  ---
:MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DUBUQUE LD11        16.0   17.0   20.5 :  12   41    7   32   <5    9
DUBUQUE             17.0   18.0   21.5 :  15   49   12   40   <5    9
BELLEVUE LD12       17.0   18.0   20.0 :  <5   30   <5   20   <5    9
FULTON LD13         16.0   18.0   20.0 :  13   50   <5   24   <5    9
CAMANCHE            17.0   18.5   20.5 :  12   40    7   29   <5    9
LECLAIRE LD14       11.0   12.0   13.5 :  13   46    7   30   <5   12
ROCK ISLAND LD15    15.0   16.0   18.0 :  15   56   13   46   <5   16
ILL. CITY LD16      15.0   16.0   18.0 :  13   53   13   44   <5   18
MUSCATINE           16.0   18.0   20.0 :  21   58   13   44   <5   16
NEW BOSTON LD17     15.0   16.5   18.5 :  27   60   13   49    9   23
KEITHSBURG          14.0   15.5   17.0 :  32   60   15   47    9   23
GLADSTONE LD18      10.0   12.0   14.0 :  32   60   15   46    7   21
BURLINGTON          15.0   16.5   18.0 :  29   60   16   46    9   24
KEOKUK LD19         16.0   17.5   19.0 :  12   33    7   23   <5    9
GREGORY LANDING     15.0   18.0   25.0 :  41   63   18   38   <5   <5
:MAQUOKETA RIVER
MANCHESTER HWY 20   14.0   17.0   20.0 :  15   20   10   13   <5    6
MAQUOKETA           24.0   26.0   28.5 :  27   18   18   12    6    6
:WAPSIPINICON RIVER
INDEPENDENCE        12.0   13.0   15.0 :   6   12    6    7    6    6
ANAMOSA SHAW RD     14.0   15.5   19.0 :  20   29   16   21    6    7
DE WITT             11.0   11.5   12.5 :  61   66   50   64   21   30
:CEDAR RIVER
VINTON              15.0   18.0   19.0 :   7   21   <5    7   <5    6
CEDAR RAPIDS        12.0   14.0   16.0 :   7   27   <5   15   <5    7
CONESVILLE          13.0   15.0   16.5 :  40   53   12   27   <5    7
:IOWA RIVER
MARENGO             14.0   15.5   18.5 :  87   73   69   61    7    7
IOWA CITY           22.0   23.0   25.0 :  <5    7   <5    6   <5   <5
LONE TREE           15.0   16.5   18.0 :  18   23    7   13   <5    6
COLUMBUS JCT        19.0   22.0   23.0 :  36   52   10   21    7   13
WAPELLO             20.0   22.0   25.0 :  63   60   20   46    7   12
:ENGLISH RIVER
KALONA              14.0   16.0   18.0 :  53   46   26   32    9   13
:NORTH SKUNK RIVER
SIGOURNEY           16.0   18.0   21.0 :  55   53   35   36    6   10
:SKUNK RIVER
AUGUSTA             15.0   17.0   20.0 :  46   41   21   29   10   10
:DES MOINES RIVER
KEOSAUQUA           22.0   25.0   27.0 :   7    7   <5   <5   <5   <5
ST FRANCISVILLE     18.0   22.0   25.0 :  60   47    9    9   <5   <5
:PECATONICA RIVER
FREEPORT            13.0   14.0   16.0 :  24   36   12   23   <5   <5
:ROCK RIVER
COMO                10.0   11.0   12.0 :  12   18    9   15    7   12
JOSLIN              12.0   14.0   16.5 :  49   50   16   24    9   15
MOLINE              12.0   13.0   14.0 :  46   50   27   27   10   20
:GREEN RIVER
GENESEO             15.0   16.5   18.0 :  13   23    7   15    6    7
:LA MOINE RIVER
COLMAR              20.0   22.0   24.0 :  72   64   52   44   23   20
:ILLINOIS RIVER
LA SALLE            20.0   27.0   31.0 :  84   66   16   13   <5   <5
HENRY               23.0   24.0   31.0 :  66   53   49   43   <5   <5
:FOX RIVER
WAYLAND             15.0   18.0   20.0 :  32   27    9   10   <5   <5

LEGEND
CS = CONDITIONAL SIMULATION (CURRENT OUTLOOK)
HS = HISTORICAL SIMULATION
FT = FEET

IN TABLE 2 BELOW...THE 95 THROUGH 5 PERCENT COLUMNS INDICATE THE
PROBABILITY OF EXCEEDING THE LISTED STAGE LEVELS (FT) FOR THE VALID
TIME PERIOD.

...TABLE 2--EXCEEDANCE PROBABILITIES...

                              CHANCE OF EXCEEDING STAGES
                                 AT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
                          VALID  PERIOD: 3/9/2015 - 6/7/2015
LOCATION              95%    90%    75%    50%    25%    10%     5%
--------            ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
:MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DUBUQUE LD11          7.8    8.8   10.2   12.0   14.0   16.5   17.7
DUBUQUE              10.1   10.8   12.0   13.5   15.6   18.2   19.3
BELLEVUE LD12         8.7    9.5   10.7   12.1   13.7   16.0   17.2
FULTON LD13           8.8    9.2   10.4   12.1   14.4   17.0   18.4
CAMANCHE             11.2   11.5   12.3   13.3   15.1   17.6   19.1
LECLAIRE LD14         6.9    7.1    7.8    8.8    9.9   11.7   13.1
ROCK ISLAND LD15      9.6   10.0   11.0   12.3   14.5   17.0   18.1
ILL. CITY LD16        8.1    8.6   10.3   12.0   14.1   16.9   18.1
MUSCATINE             9.9   10.4   11.9   13.5   15.7   18.9   19.9
NEW BOSTON LD17       9.7   10.3   12.0   13.4   15.2   18.1   19.4
KEITHSBURG           10.4   10.6   11.8   12.9   14.5   17.1   18.0
GLADSTONE LD18        5.9    6.2    7.6    9.0   10.7   13.6   14.6
BURLINGTON           11.4   11.7   12.8   14.0   15.6   18.0   18.8
KEOKUK LD19           7.6    8.1    9.6   11.4   13.6   17.0   18.1
GREGORY LANDING       9.6   10.3   12.4   14.6   16.6   19.5   21.2
:MAQUOKETA RIVER
MANCHESTER HWY 20     5.7    6.6    7.4    8.7   10.7   18.5   20.2
MAQUOKETA            13.1   13.6   15.5   18.9   24.5   28.1   29.5
:WAPSIPINICON RIVER
INDEPENDENCE          6.0    6.3    6.7    7.2    8.1   11.1   15.9
ANAMOSA SHAW RD       7.8    8.5    9.7   10.8   12.7   17.2   21.1
DE WITT               8.5    9.1   10.2   11.6   12.3   13.1   13.3
:CEDAR RIVER
VINTON                7.5    7.9    9.5   10.7   12.2   14.0   18.0
CEDAR RAPIDS          6.0    6.3    7.1    8.2    9.5   11.6   17.0
CONESVILLE            9.8   10.0   11.6   12.6   14.0   15.2   16.6
:IOWA RIVER
MARENGO              13.1   13.6   15.2   15.9   16.9   18.3   18.7
IOWA CITY            15.5   15.8   17.3   18.6   19.6   19.7   19.8
LONE TREE             9.6   10.2   11.8   13.3   14.4   15.9   17.4
COLUMBUS JCT         14.8   15.4   17.0   18.2   19.4   22.6   24.6
WAPELLO              16.7   17.3   19.3   20.5   21.5   24.6   26.3
:ENGLISH RIVER
KALONA               11.5   11.6   12.6   14.2   16.2   17.8   19.0
:NORTH SKUNK RIVER
SIGOURNEY            13.1   13.4   15.2   16.4   18.8   20.2   22.1
:SKUNK RIVER
AUGUSTA               6.7    8.3   10.6   14.5   16.7   20.1   23.0
:DES MOINES RIVER
KEOSAUQUA            14.7   15.1   17.8   19.1   20.0   21.7   22.5
ST FRANCISVILLE      12.8   13.3   17.0   18.5   20.2   22.1   23.3
:PECATONICA RIVER
FREEPORT              6.6    7.3    8.4   10.7   13.0   14.4   14.9
:ROCK RIVER
COMO                  5.1    5.3    5.8    6.9    8.7   11.1   12.7
JOSLIN                8.6    9.1   10.4   12.0   13.6   16.8   18.7
MOLINE                9.8   10.2   10.9   12.0   13.2   15.1   16.7
:GREEN RIVER
GENESEO               5.7    6.8    9.7   11.7   13.8   16.0   19.0
:LA MOINE RIVER
COLMAR               13.2   15.7   19.4   22.2   23.8   25.3   25.9
:ILLINOIS RIVER
LA SALLE             18.1   19.1   20.8   23.8   26.2   29.3   30.3
HENRY                18.7   19.7   21.8   24.1   26.1   27.1   28.2
:FOX RIVER
WAYLAND               8.3    8.5    9.8   12.7   16.0   18.2   19.3

IN TABLE 3 BELOW...THE 95 THROUGH 5 PERCENT COLUMNS INDICATE THE
PROBABILITY OF FALLING BELOW THE LISTED STAGE LEVELS (FT) FOR 
THE VALID TIME PERIOD.

...TABLE 3--NONEXCEEDANCE PROBABILITIES...

                            CHANCE OF FALLING BELOW STAGES
                                 AT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
                          VALID  PERIOD: 3/9/2015 - 6/7/2015
LOCATION              95%    90%    75%    50%    25%    10%     5%
--------            ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
:MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DUBUQUE LD11          4.1    4.1    4.1    4.1    4.1    4.1    4.0
DUBUQUE               7.2    7.2    7.2    7.2    7.2    7.2    7.2
BELLEVUE LD12         3.6    3.6    3.6    3.5    3.5    3.5    3.5
FULTON LD13           4.3    4.2    4.2    4.2    4.2    4.2    4.2
CAMANCHE              8.8    8.8    8.8    8.8    8.8    8.8    8.8
LECLAIRE LD14         4.4    4.4    4.4    4.4    4.4    4.4    4.3
ROCK ISLAND LD15      4.2    4.2    4.1    4.1    4.0    4.0    4.0
ILL. CITY LD16        3.5    3.5    3.4    3.4    3.4    3.4    3.3
MUSCATINE             6.0    6.0    5.9    5.9    5.9    5.8    5.8
NEW BOSTON LD17       3.6    3.5    3.4    3.3    3.3    3.2    3.2
KEITHSBURG            5.9    5.8    5.7    5.6    5.6    5.6    5.4
GLADSTONE LD18        1.6    1.4    1.3    1.2    1.2    1.1    0.9
BURLINGTON            8.2    8.0    7.9    7.8    7.8    7.7    7.5
KEOKUK LD19           3.5    3.2    2.9    2.8    2.7    2.6    2.3
GREGORY LANDING       6.6    6.5    6.4    6.4    6.4    6.3    6.2
:MAQUOKETA RIVER
MANCHESTER HWY 20     3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6    3.6
MAQUOKETA            10.3   10.0   10.0    9.9    9.9    9.9    9.9
:WAPSIPINICON RIVER
INDEPENDENCE          4.6    4.6    4.6    4.6    4.6    4.6    4.5
ANAMOSA SHAW RD       5.0    4.9    4.9    4.9    4.9    4.9    4.9
DE WITT               6.0    5.7    5.4    5.2    5.1    5.0    4.9
:CEDAR RIVER
VINTON                2.0    1.9    1.8    1.8    1.8    1.8    1.8
CEDAR RAPIDS          3.4    3.3    3.3    3.3    3.2    3.2    3.2
CONESVILLE            6.2    6.1    5.7    5.6    5.5    5.4    5.2
:IOWA RIVER
MARENGO               7.2    6.8    6.5    6.3    6.2    6.2    6.1
IOWA CITY            10.8   10.7   10.5   10.5    9.4    9.2    9.2
LONE TREE             6.0    5.8    5.5    4.9    3.6    3.2    3.1
COLUMBUS JCT         10.3   10.1    9.7    9.6    9.5    9.0    8.8
WAPELLO              11.8   11.6   11.4   11.3   11.2   10.7   10.4
:ENGLISH RIVER
KALONA                5.8    5.7    5.3    5.0    4.8    4.4    4.4
:NORTH SKUNK RIVER
SIGOURNEY             6.5    6.1    5.5    5.0    4.6    4.1    4.0
:SKUNK RIVER
AUGUSTA               4.1    4.0    3.2    2.7    2.1    1.6    1.4
:DES MOINES RIVER
KEOSAUQUA            12.5   12.1   11.9   11.5   11.0   10.5   10.3
ST FRANCISVILLE       9.5    9.1    8.9    8.2    7.5    6.8    6.6
:PECATONICA RIVER
FREEPORT              3.2    3.1    3.1    3.1    3.1    3.1    3.0
:ROCK RIVER
COMO                  2.7    2.7    2.6    2.6    2.6    2.6    2.6
JOSLIN                3.9    3.8    3.8    3.8    3.7    3.7    3.7
MOLINE                7.8    7.8    7.7    7.7    7.7    7.7    7.7
:GREEN RIVER
GENESEO               3.5    3.5    3.3    3.2    2.9    2.5    2.2
:LA MOINE RIVER
COLMAR                4.7    4.5    4.0    3.8    3.4    3.1    3.0
:ILLINOIS RIVER
LA SALLE             11.9   11.8   11.6   11.4   11.1   10.9   10.8
HENRY                15.2   15.2   15.0   14.9   14.7   14.5   14.3
:FOX RIVER
WAYLAND               1.9    1.8    1.7    1.6    1.5    1.4    1.3

...FLOOD TERMINOLOGY...

THE TERM MINOR FLOODING IS USED TO INDICATE MINIMAL OR NO PROPERTY 
DAMAGE. HOWEVER SOME PUBLIC THREAT OR INCONVENIENCE IS POSSIBLE.

MODERATE FLOODING IS USED TO INDICATE THE INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES 
AND ROADS NEAR STREAMS. SOME EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND/OR TRANSFER 
OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS MAY BE NECESSARY.

MAJOR FLOODING IS USED TO INDICATE EXTENSIVE INUNDATION OF 
STRUCTURES AND BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ROADS. USUALLY SIGNIFICANT 
EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND/OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER 
ELEVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.

...CURRENT CONDITIONS AS OF MARCH 5 2015...

.SNOW DEPTH AND LIQUID WATER EQUIVALENT...NEAR NORMAL SNOWFALL 
HAS BEEN EXPERIENCED SO FAR THIS WINTER...HOWEVER THE WATER CONTENT 
OF THE SNOW HAS BEEN WELL BELOW NORMAL.  THE LIQUID WATER EQUIVALENT 
OF THE SNOW COVER RANGES FROM A TRACE ACROSS SOUTHEAST IOWA AND 
NORTHEAST MISSOURI TO AROUND 1.5 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS. 
ELSEWHERE...SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT VALUES ARE GENERALLY NEAR THE 1 
INCH RANGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA AND IN MINNESOTA AND 
WISCONSIN. THE EXCEPTION IS EXTREME NORTHERN WISCONSIN...WHERE 3 
TO 5 INCHES ARE FOUND. THIS IS WELL BELOW HISTORICAL AVERAGES.

.FROST DEPTH...ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES THIS WINTER HAVE 
RESULTED IN A MODERATING FROST DEPTH. CURRENT FROST DEPTHS BELOW 1 
FOOT ARE OBSERVED ACROSS THE REGION...WITH 1 TO 2 FEET READINGS 
ACROSS MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. THESE REPORTS ARE NEAR NORMAL FOR 
THIS TIME OF YEAR.

.SOIL MOISTURE...BELOW NORMAL SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS ARE IN 
PLACE ACROSS THE AREA. DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE ONGOING IN MINNESOTA
AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. HOW FAST OR SLOW THE SPRING THAW OCCURS WILL 
DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF THE SNOWMELT WILL BE ABLE TO WORK ITS WAY INTO 
THE SOIL. IF THERE IS A SLOW AND PROLONGED PERIOD OF WARMING 
TEMPERATURES...A GREATER AMOUNT OF THE SNOWMELT COULD INFILTRATE AND 
DECREASE THE SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS. 

.STREAM LEVELS...STREAMFLOW LEVELS ARE NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL ACROSS
THE ENTIRE REGION. 

...WEATHER OUTLOOK...

NOW THROUGH THE END OF MARCH...

THERE ARE INCREASED CHANCES FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL 
CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

FOR APRIL THROUGH MAY...

THE LATEST CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER GRAPHICS DEPICT EQUAL CHANCES 
OF ABOVE...NEAR OR BELOW TEMPERATURES. EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR 
OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ARE ALSO OUTLOOKED FOR THE AREA. 

...ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...

THIS IS THE LAST OF TWO SCHEDULED SPRING FLOOD AND WATER RESOURCES 
OUTLOOKS FOR THE SEASON. UPDATES MAY BE ISSUED DEPENDING ON CHANGES 
IN WEATHER AND HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS. OTHERWISE...THE ROUTINE 
LONG-RANGE PROBABILISTIC OUTLOOKS WILL RESUME NEAR THE END OF EACH 
MONTH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THE LATEST HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOKS...WEATHER AND 
RIVER INFORMATION ON OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/QUADCITIES .

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