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Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Snow Melt
State MINNESOTA
County/Area MARSHALL
WFO FGF
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-03-18 10:48:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 12WNW STEPHEN ARPT
Begin Lat/Lon 48.53/-97.12
End Date 2010-03-31 23:59:00.0 CST-6
End Location 5WNW STRANDQUIST
End Lat/Lon 48.53/-96.55
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Several unusual factors combined to set off spring flooding in 2010. By early March, roughly 40 to 50 inches of snow had fallen across eastern North Dakota and the northwest quarter of Minnesota. From March 7th through 15th, the first order climate stations at Fargo and Grand Forks stayed almost entirely above 32 degrees. Also from March 4th through March 18th, daily average temperatures at the two stations were 6 to 14 degrees above normal. During the second week of March, a central plains storm system transported unusally high amounts of low level moisture into the area. As the storm system slowed, then stalled over Iowa from March 9th through the 12th, cloud cover persisted for 7 to 10 days and light rain bands wrapped back into the northern plains. Widespread light rain accumulations of 1.5 to 2.0 inches were common during this 4 day period. The snow was slower to melt over the central and northern Red River Valley, so areal flooding took longer to develop. Numerous roads were closed due to the flooding.
Event Narrative


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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 0.00K 0.00K
NORTHLAND POLK CO. MN 03/18/2010 10:48 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOYES KITTSON CO. MN 03/18/2010 10:48 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEPHEN ARPT MARSHALL CO. MN 03/18/2010 10:48 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K