NWS: PARTS OF MWV VALLEY GOT A HALF FOOT OF WEEKEND RAIN

by Christian Mower on June 4, 2012

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS PARTS OF THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE GOT AS MUCH AS HALF A FOOT OF RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND.

MORE THAN 4 INCHES HAS FALLEN IN NORTH CONWAY SINCE SATURDAY MORNING AND ABOUT 4 AND A HALF INCHES FELL IN THAT PERIOD IN FRYEBURG, MAINE.

ERIC SCHWIBS SAYS THAT CAUSED SOME FLOODING OF RIVERS AND STREAMS, INCLUDING THE SACO RIVER NEAR CONWAY.
SCHWIBS SAYS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND THE LAST FEW DAYS HAS BEEN CIRCULATING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MOISTURE INTO THE AREA.

FLOOD STAGE FOR THE SACO NEAR CONWAY IS NINE FEET. THE RIVER WAS NEAR 10.8 FEET SUNDAY AROUND 9 A.M. AND HAS CONTINUED TO DROP SINCE THEN.

THE RIVER WAS RECORDED AT 7.6 FEET AROUND 11 A.M. MONDAY.

SCHWIBS SAYS THE INTENSE RAIN IS OVER AND MONDAY WILL BE THE LAST DAY OF STEADY RAIN, BUT CLOUDY AND COOL CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL DURING THE WEEK.

HE SAYS LAKES AND PONDS MAY CONTINUE TO RISE AS RIVERS AND STREAMS DRAIN INTO THEM.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 8 P.M. MONDAY FOR CARROLL COUNTY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE – AND OXFORD AND CUMBERLAND COUNTIES IN MAINE, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE HEAVY RAIN AND RUNOFF INTO SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS.