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NOAA predicts drought in the west, floods in the east


Prepare for more droughts in the West and floods in the East, according to a National Ocean and Atmospheric Association spring outlook report. Most of the western half of the country has been in conditions of exceptionally moderate to moderate drought, which is unfortunately likely to expand into the most severe spring drought since 2013. The drought That could affect about 74 million people.

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Mary Erickson, deputy director, said: “The southwestern United States, which is experiencing particularly large-scale severe droughts, will remain the most severely affected region in the United States, and water supplies. will continue to be of concern this spring in areas affected by this drought by the National Weather Service. “This is a big change compared to recent years when millions of people have been affected by severe floods. However, NOAA’s forecasts and outlooks will continue to act as resources for emergency situation regulators and decision-makers in the community as they navigate all possible extreme seasonal weather and water events. “

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Why is it so dry? Summer 2020 wind fails, low land Humidity and warmer temperatures are all the reasons cited by NOAA. South Florida and the central and southern Great Plains will see an increase in drought. Without enough spring rain, the Northern Plains may also see its current drought worsen.

United States map showing flood forecast.

As for floods, NOAA does not predict major or prolonged flooding. But many small to medium floods are likely to hit the coastal plains of the Carolinas and the Lower Missouri and Lower Ohio river basins. Many streams in the Midwest are swollen by rain in late winter. NOAA Publish seasonal outlooks to help people prepare for what’s in store.

“Our national hydrological assessment helps inform countries where there may be too much or too little water. This spring, we anticipate the downside risk for flood, and projected significantly below average water supplies where low-flow impacts contribute to drought continue, ”said Ed Clark, Director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, .

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