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originally posted by: RickyD
Yea after doing as much reading up on it as I could while at work it seems pretty clear that drought conditions are causing this. Also learned something new about the gauges on the Mississippi. When they installed them it was the river workers who did it so each one is different...and 0 is not the bottom. They instead made 0 the lowest anyone could remember at the time, so that's how you get negative numbers on them. Fun fact since you guys took the time to stop by. Sorry the doom porn was canceled lol!
originally posted by: Cheddarhead
I'm in Southern Wisconsin. There hasn't been any significant rainfall in the Midwest region since August, so now a good portion of this area is under drought conditions. All attention has been focused on the aftermath of Harvey, Irma & Maria, so the dry conditions are only recently being noticed by people outside the area. Normally, we do get some kind of precipitation after a hurricane maybe a week later, but this year we haven't received any kind of hurricane remnants.
There's always an chance that the New Madrid could be waking up, which I truly hope ins't the case. With the limestone composition in this part of the country, any activity along the faultline is going to be felt strongly miles away from the source.