Snow lovers and snow haters alike will remember the winter storms of 2016-17.
We saw several storms that delivered snow measured in feet. We also experienced warm temperatures that reduced the snowpack and opened some rivers and streams.
Warm temperatures in February had emergency managers concerned with flooding.
The State of Maine River Flow Advisory Commission meets annually to discuss conditions, review protocols, and prepare for potential flooding events. They consider factors such as "stream flow, long-term weather forecasts, snowpack, river ice conditions and reservoir levels. (RFAC, 2017)" Commission members know that "rainfall is the driver of flooding events."
The RLAC considers snow depth and moisture content for flooding potential.