Saturday, December 27, 2014

Flood potential update

Flood watches still up, but heaviest rains might stay to west.

Flood potential update

IThe National Weather Service flood watch remains for the entire region through Thursday morning, but the rainfall amounts have been trimmed subtly.

The forecasts now are calling for 1 to 3 inches today for the immediate Philadelphia area, and the threat of at least minor flooding remains  along the region’s streams.

But in the morning discussion the weather service said the heaviest rains look to stay well west of the I-95 corridor, and it also appears that the potential for thunderstorms this afternoon is minimal

No significant river flooding is anticipated.

For better or for worse, there's an outside chance that a break in the rain could give the Phillies a chance to play tonight.

As we mentioned, as storm scenarios go, this could be a whole lot worse.

Coming into the storm, April rainfall was well below normal – more than a third below in Philly and Camden County.

The major rivers and streams are quite low, with the water levels of Delaware at Trenton and the Schuylkill at Norristown about 50 percent of flood stage.

Plus, the suddenly bullish foliage should be able to ingest a decent share of the moisture, which would lessen runoff.


Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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