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Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flood Threats From the Lower Mississippi Valley Into Ohio/Tennessee Valleys; Elevated to Critical Fire Concerns Out West

Heavy to excessive rainfall with flash flood concerns will be possible from the Lower Mississippi Valley into parts of the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys. Elevated to Critical Fire weather threats will persist across the Great Basin and central Rockies. Finally, Major to Record river flooding will continue in portions of the Midwest and across parts of North and South Carolina. Read More >

Two days of heavy rain caused local flooding across central and east-central Wisconsin on December 14. The rain came in two waves, with thunderstorms early in the morning of December 13, and a steady rain later on the 13th into the 14th. Rivers and streams rose in response to the heavy rain, with minor flooding reported near a few rivers, including the Wisconsin River and Duck Creek.

Rainfall map
Wisc River near Wausau
Duck Creek in Howard

 

Two-day rainfall across northeast and central Wisconsin, December 13-14. Click image for larger view. River stage observations for the Wisconsin River and Duck Creek. Click image for larger view.

 

Green Bay December rainfall records were set during the event:

Record Amount Comment
Heaviest 2-Day Total 3.51" Previous record 2.50" in 1891
2nd Heaviest 1-Day Total 1.91" (12/14/2015) Current record 1.94" on 12/14/1891
3rd Heaviest 1-Day Total 1.60" (12/13/2015)  
3rd Wettest December 3.93" (as of 12/15/2015) Current record 4.20" in 1893

 

In addition to the rainfall records, the river stage at Duck Creek near Howard/Hobart on the west side of Green Bay reached 18 feet, which is the highest December stage recorded (records back to 1990). Several homes in Green Bay reported water in basements and a few water-covered roads were temporarily closed.