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Published January 19, 2010, 09:07 PM

WDAZ Meteorologist Speaks At Conference

The weather has a huge impact on causing and predicting flooding.

The weather has a huge impact on causing and predicting flooding.

That's the message WDAZ meteorologist John Wheeler wanted to get across at the Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference today. Around 350 people were at the conference today at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

John talked about how different the floods of 1997 and 2009 were and how the weather right before the flood played a huge role.

Wheeler says, “So important to the flood forecast is the weather forecast in those few days and weeks right around the time of the crest. That has such a huge impact on why the dikes were topped in Grand Forks-East Grand Forks in '97 and why they almost were in Fargo last spring.”

John also says people get too "hung up" on river forecasts prepared months in advance that can't use accurate weather forecasts.

He also predicts that we haven't seen the largest flood yet.

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