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Originally posted by zaggan
reply to post by wlf15y
Thanks for your quick reply!
"I'm mentally trying to push Tropical Depression 5 across into the Gulf, lol, and hopefully into the Midwest."
Lol..you and me both. Hopefully we don't end up with the same situation where they held on to too much water in the reservoirs, and then have another "record" (whatever that is) winter snowfall.
And if this isn't an "emergency," I don't know what is, I guess.....
edit on 3-8-2012 by wlf15y because: (no reason given)edit on 3-8-2012 by wlf15y because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by liejunkie01
Here is a recent photo of the river.
An aerial photo of the Mississippi river shows sandy areas where water had been before the drought. The river's levels are now nearing record lows
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend nearly $7 million dredging in an attempt to keep ports operational and keep the river open for barge traffic in the coming weeks. River levels in Memphis have dropped to within three feet of their historic lows from the 1988 drought.
In just one year, the river has gone through extreme fluctuation. Last May, it was within a foot of its record-high crest because of massive flooding, and today it’s 55 feet lower and experiencing historic lows due to drought..
The good news is that it is raining here in southern Illinois,,,,yeah
Now it just needs to rain steady for a few days.
The Third Thunder
In terms of an economic impact on property, and even loss of
life, one of the most destructive forces that is taking a dramatic
turn for the worse is being caused by an escalating change in
our weather. Some will argue that the current weather
conditions are a reflection of normal cycles of change over
time. It is true that the weather follows cycles. Yes, there have
always been times of intensity when destructive powers have
been unleashed. However, now is different because the
destructiveness and change in weather patterns is going to
continue to increase dynamically, not following normal
Some areas will experience abnormally large amounts of
rainfall, while others, that normally receive large amounts, will
receive none. The consequences of this will be a marked increase in
flooding and mudslides in some areas, while other areas will
experience growing problems with drought, which as we have seen
this past year, results in widespread fires and extensive damage to
livestock and crops. Some areas will experience normal amounts of
rain, but it will come at the wrong time to benefit agriculture. Too
much cold and too much heat at the wrong time will also add to this
Those who have their livelihood in agriculture
have always had to contend with such things, but over the next
couple of years these conditions will become the worst yet!
Thanks for bringing this up, Kdog. I am in the river industry, and will try to explain a few things to help understand what is happening. First of all, yes we are having problems with low water, all the way from Minneapolis south (Upper Mississippi), Kansas City south (Missouri), Louisville south (Ohio), and St. Louis/Cairo south (Mississippi) to New Orleans. It is not as bad now as it was in 1988.