posted on Dec, 28 2012 @ 01:06 PM
reply to post by LittleBlackEagle
In the first few lines I say it will be spring or summer. As someone who has lived near the river for many years now I have seen a bi-yearly raise and
lower of the river as of the last few years. If the pattern continues by mid next summer the river will be just above normal levels.
It will be spring /early summer before we start to see changes in the river but by that time it will have grown well above the point it is now. Even
as I type this the river has fallen less than 2 inches from this time yesterday. With the snow melting and more rain coming we will gain that back.
This might not be what brings the river back to its normal state, but it will help to keep it open.
Most of the barges need a minimum of 9 feet to make their way up/down the river. In the thread with the photos (and a link to 80+ photos) you can see
how low it was at just below the 4 feet mark. At this point we are holding very close to the 6 feet mark. The snow/rain we are getting at this point
is not going to bring the river instantly back to normal life but it will help to keep it open.
Every other year the river gets above normal stages. Granted it might not get as high this year due to projects completed to ease flooding last year,
but it will get above normal stages. Every other year we get a winter with some accumulation, in the months following that accumulation the river
starts to rise. I might not be some guy at NOAA, but I am a person who has lived near the river long enough to see the patterns of its rise and
My science of watching the patterns might not be exact, but it is close enough. Actually almost every time there has been flooding on the Mississippi
river it has been on a year ending with an odd number.
That page does not show the years it was just above normal levels only flooding levels. I have ran this through before I even seen that page. I am
very comfortable in saying that in 2013 the river will get above normal levels, it might not flood. I will admit I could be wrong on the flooding
point, but I stand by the rest.