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Ohio Valley Avoids Flood from Superstorm
Posted on: 10/31/2012
By  Mike Cullums
The Ohio River will not flood as a result of the "superstorm" named Sandy. 
Despite a storm of historic proportions roaring across the headwaters of the Ohio, river levels are now forecast to stay well below flood stage.
The National Weather Service crest prediction for the Ohio River at Marietta is 26.8 feet on Thursday morning - 8.2 feet below the 35-foot flood stage. Crest predictions for Willow Island and Parkersburg are also 7-to-8 feet below flood stage early tomorrow.
There was deep concern along the great river Sunday and Monday, as forecast models predicted 3 to 5 inches of precipitation over Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Ironically, even as forecasters and computer models did a remarkable job of predicting how the freakish storm would unfold, there was - fortunately for us - one area of discrepancy.
According to Weather Channel hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross, in all the complexity of a hurricane, winter storm and cold front merging, a larger than expected amount of dry air mixed in as the storm moved into Pennsylvania. The result? Actual rainfall totals in the Allegheny and Monongahela watersheds were about half of predicted amounts.
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