Drought Means No Spring Flooding 27 Jan 12

Minnesota’s current drought will likely mean much less flooding this spring. The National Weather service says this year’s lack of precipitation means area rivers will have a lower spring flow due to a smaller snow melt. Forecasters expect little disruption this year along the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. That will be a significant change from recent years, when the snow melt from heavy storms brought record floods to the region. The National Weather Service says that the chances of reaching flood stage this year are at over 40% below normal on the Minnesota River at New Ulm, over 20% below normal at Montevideo and Granite Falls, and at near-normal on the Minnesota at Mankato.