What’s the difference between flooding and flash flooding?

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With Utah’s severe weather season right around the corner, it really peaks from the middle of May through the Middle of June. You’re going to hear a lot about flooding this spring from melting snowpack, but any heavy rain can cause flooding or even flash flooding. 

The pinpoint weather team’s Alana Brophy breaks down the threats of flooding

Flooding and Flash flooding in Utah, we see them nearly every year and you’ve probably heard the saying “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” There is a reason, as meteorologists, we try to engrain that saying into your mind. 

Flash flooding is one of the most prevalent spring and summertime weather events here in Utah, if you see flash flooding occurring you will want you can be swept away in 6 inches of moving water, your car will be swept away at 12 inches and even larger vehicles can be swept away once flood waters reach 18 inches in depth

Flooding is different from flash flooding as it typically takes days of consistent rain for flooding to occur while flash flooding happens over a span of a few minutes to several hours

It’s also important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that flooding or flash flooding is possible within the next 24 hours while a warning means flooding or flash flooding is imminent. Make sure you know what the flooding threat is when you venture outdoors.

The pinpoint weather team will keep you updated with the daily flash flood potential across Southern Utah from the lowest flash flood threat to the highest threat level.

Utah’s deadliest flooding and natural disaster occurred in September of 2015. Strong storms upstream from the town of Hildale, UT killed 13 people with another 7 dying from a different flash flood event in Keyhole Canyon, Zion National Park on the same day.

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