Most of Massachusetts is at risk for minor flooding this spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its recently released “Spring Outlook.”
In fact, just about two-thirds of the contiguous United States is in an “elevated risk for flooding” through May; 25 states could see major or moderate flooding, according to the administration.
Like Massachusetts, most of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont have minor flood risks; northern New Hampshire, northern Maine, and northeastern Vermont could see “moderate” flooding, NOAA said.
“Above-average precipitation is favored from the Central Great Basin to the East Coast and in Alaska, compounding the flood risk for many states, especially in the Central and Northern Rockies and in the Southeast,” according to NOAA.
In areas that could see minor flooding, NOAA said property damage isn’t likely, but there’s a “public risk” of damage, such as to roadways. For moderate areas, flooding could affect buildings or roads near streams; there could also be evacuations to areas with higher elevations.
“More than 200 million people are at risk for flooding in their communities with 41 million at risk for moderate and 13 million at risk for major flooding,” Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said during a news conference. “This is potentially an unprecedented flood season.”
The East Coast, along with some other parts of the country, may also see temperatures higher than average, the administration said.
“The greatest chance for above-average temperatures exist in Alaska, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic,” NOAA said.
Drought isn’t a factor for most of the country, according to the administration in a Youtube video.