Weather service predicts Red River in Fargo to crest at 39 to 41 feetFARGO – Forecasters are advising flood fighters to prepare for a Red River crest here between 39 and 41 feet, with a predicted midrange crest of 40.3 feet.
By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, WDAY Staff Reports, Forum News Service, WDAY Staff
FARGO – Forecasters are advising flood fighters to prepare for a Red River crest here between 39 and 41 feet, with a predicted midrange crest of 40.3 feet.
The minimum-maximum crest range could fall within 38 to 42 feet.
"We encourage people to prepare for a flood of record," said Greg Gust, National Weather Service meteorologist.
The National Weather Service forecast is based on predictions for temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.
A storm system could hit the area Thursday, delivering up to a half inch of moisture. That possibility is factored into the new flood forecast.
Before the Sunday-Monday storm dropped wet snow over the valley, the forecast called for a 50-percent chance of a flood surpassing 38.1 feet, with a 10 percent chance of cresting at about 40 feet.
The record 2009 flood crested at 40.84 feet.
The projected numbers are as follows:
95% chance of a 39.3 foot crest
90% chance of a 39.4 foot crest
75% chance of a 39.8 foot crest
50% chance of a 40.3 foot crest
25% chance of a 41.3 foot crest
10% chance of a 42.1 foot crest
5% chance of a 42.4 foot crest
Minor flood stage in Fargo is 18 feet; major flood stage is 30 feet. Stay tuned to WDAY News at 5, 6 and 10 for further information.