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Landsat Offers Stunning Comparison Of Flooding

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posted on May, 21 2011 @ 10:02 PM
I was reading through the Nasa website and I came across this story. I found it interesting because I live in the Midwest and one of the local rivers is also flooded. This story offers a before and after picture of the flooding. I could not really find a thread that really interested me so I thought I would throw this out there for everyone to check out. No hit and run thread here, I have to work.

Extreme rainfall and heavy snowmelt have combined this spring to bring the Mississippi River roaring beyond its banks. While humans on the ground have scrambled to evacuate, build sandbag walls and taken dramatic measures not seen in decades – blowing levees and opening the Morganza Spillway – satellites have provided a distinct view of the extraordinary extent of the flooding.

The Landsat 5 satellite flew over the Mississippi on May 10, 2011, about eight days after the Army Corps of Engineers began blasting holes in earthen levees near Cairo, Illinois, when the river had reached a depth of 61 feet. Breaching the levee at the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway, where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet, allowed water to run onto 133,000 acres of designated floodway land. But the blasting protected about 2.4 million acres downriver, the Army Corps said.

Putting the May 10 image side-by-side with an image from April 2010 shows the dramatic extent of the flooding. At one spot along the Kentucky-Missouri border, the width of floodwaters stretches 13 miles. In Memphis, the depth of the floodwaters reached 48 feet, inches below a record set in 1937.

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – all of which at least partially drain to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers – each had their wettest April since 1895, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The 12 months from May 2010 to April 2011 were also the wettest on record for Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

On May 14 – after this Landsat image was captured – the Army Corps opened the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to relieve flooding.

Landsat is a joint mission between NASA and US Geological Survey, and is the longest-running Earth-observing satellite program. Landsat satellites have been orbiting continuously since 1972. The next satellite in the series is scheduled to launch in 2012 as part of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)..


I will post a couple of videos to give you an idea of how bad it really is. I feel for you folks a little south of me.

There is literally water everywhere. Hang in there it will get better,.... eventually.

I did do a search. There were no results for the title.( for all of the one was posted already folks

Here is the satellite photo one more time for reference. That is a whole lot of water.

Please no rapture or end of the world talk................ for a day or two.

posted on May, 21 2011 @ 10:15 PM
There is already a thread with extensive information concerning this flood and the levee's
you should have added the content of this thread as a post there.

SnF anyways...

Don't Be Distracted : The Real Problem = Historic Mississippi Flood/Intentional Levee Breach

posted on May, 21 2011 @ 10:32 PM
reply to post by EvolEric

I was not trying to take any kudos from your thread. It is quite lengthy and I wanted to refresh the minds of fellow members a bit.

Thank you for the S&F. I visited your thread and paid my dues.

ETA: I was just kidding about the dues.
edit on 21-5-2011 by liejunkie01 because: ETA

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