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Unprecedented spring flooding expected in 25 states, including Arkansas

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 7:08 AM

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Flooding isn't just a problem in Nebraska and some other states that have dominated recent news coverage. The New York Times notes Weather Service findings that indicate 25 states, including Arkansas, could experience "major or moderate" flooding this spring.

“The flooding this year could be worse than anything we’ve seen in recent years, even worse than the historic floods of 1993 and 2011,” said Mary C. Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service, in a conference call with reporters. The major flooding this month in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and elsewhere is “a preview of what we expect throughout the rest of the spring,” she said.

The larger point:

More rainfall in the Midwest is a predictable consequence of climate change, according to the most recent National Climate Assessment, which was produced last year by 13 federal agencies. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which comes down as precipitation.

Noted: The map shows most flooding along the Mississippi River in Arkansas. You might have read this morning about a lawsuit by farmers along the White River that blames a rising problem with spring flooding on account of Army Corps of Engineers management of water from its lakes rather than climate change. The suit suggests the Corps is showing more concern about recreational uses of the lakes than impact of water release on farmers downstream, particularly some in low-lying areas near the White and tributaries.

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