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Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Snow Melt
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area CAVALIER
WFO FGF
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-03-22 11:15:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 3WNW SARLES WESTON ARPT
Begin Lat/Lon 48.99/-98.94
End Date 2009-03-25 15:00:00.0 CST-6
End Location 9NE VANG
End Lat/Lon 48.99/-97.98
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 5.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A stretch of warmer weather occurred from March 14th to 17th, which resulted in high temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. The snow depth in Fargo on the 14th was 15 inches with a melted water equivalent of 3.10 inches. By the 17th, the snow depth in Fargo had dropped to 6 inches. This was followed by a couple of cooler days, which temporarily slowed down any additional snowmelt. A second period of warmer weather began on March 20th and continued through the 24th. During this period of time, high temperatures again climbed into the 40s and low 50s. Most of the remaining snow in Fargo melted during this stretch of warm weather, with the Fargo snow depth falling from 2 inches to 0. Conditions were about the same in Grand Forks, with the snow depth falling to 0 by the 24th. These two warmups resulted in a quick response in river levels, especially across the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota. The mainstem Red River also showed a response, especially in the southern Red River Valley. With all the runoff moving into the river systems, water covered many roads and resulted in numerous road closures. The water covered entire sections of land as well and threatened many homes. A winter storm event on March 24th and 25th brought more snow to the region, along with a turn to colder temperatures. This resulted in a first crest for many rivers in the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota. However, river levels at most points along the mainstem Red River continued to stay high. Another winter storm event hit much of the area March 30th to 31st, dropping up to 2 feet of snow in the southern Red River Valley. There was a lot of moisture in this new snow, with snow to liquid ratios of less than 10 to 1. This set the stage for continued flooding into the months of April and early May. The North Dakota Governor issued a statewide disaster declaration on March 13 in anticipation of spring flooding. Most counties in eastern North Dakota later received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 85.00K 0.00K
CHURCHS FERRY RAMSEY CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CRETE SARGENT CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FAIRDALE WALSH CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FOREST RIVER COLONY GRAND FORKS CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FRAZIER BARNES CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FT RANSOM RANSOM CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
HANSBORO TOWNER CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
HATTON TRAILL CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MOSE GRIGGS CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PELTO NELSON CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PLEASANT LAKE BENSON CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SARLES WESTON ARPT CAVALIER CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SHARON STEELE CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SHEYENNE EDDY CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
WALCOTT RICHLAND CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
WALDEN CASS CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
WALHALLA ARPT PEMBINA CO. ND 03/22/2009 11:15 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 85.00K 0.00K