Flood waters recede in Cedar Rapids

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:58 PM GMT on June 16, 2008

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The rampaging Cedar River is falling today, after cresting at an amazing 31.1 feet Friday in the town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The National Weather Service said the flow on the Cedar River through Cedar Rapids peaked at 149,500 cubic feet per second Friday, more than double the previous record of 73,000 in 1961. During the historic 1993 flood, the river hit only 19.27 feet, and the record flood of 1929 hit only 20.5 feet. The 2008 flood has hit levels expected only once every 500 years. The river was at 23 feet this morning, which is down 8 feet, but still 11 feet above flood stage, and 2.5 feet above the record high observed in 1929.

Figure 1. Total rainfall for the period May 16 - June 16, 2008. About 2/3 of the state has seen rainfall amounts in excess of 10 inches in the past month. Image credit: NOAA.

Eighth warmest May on record
May 2008 was the 8th warmest May for the the globe on record, according to statistics released by the National Climatic Data Center. The spring season--March, April, and May--ranked as the seventh warmest spring for the globe. La Niña continued to weaken in May, and near neutral conditions now prevail in the tropical Eastern Pacific.

For the contiguous U.S., May was the 34th coolest May since 1895, and spring season was the 36th coolest spring on record. For the spring, Missouri had its fourth wettest, Arkansas its sixth wettest, Indiana and Iowa their eighth wettest and Illinois its 10th wettest. California had its driest spring on record, while Nevada and Utah had their 10th and 11th driest on record.

Sea ice extent
May 2008 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent was the tenth lowest on record for the month of May, 6% below its extent in 1979 when satellite measurements began, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. May was the sixth straight month that a new monthly minimum arctic sea ice record was not set, following a string of five months in a row where monthly records were set.

It's quiet in the tropics. There are no threat areas to discuss, and none of the models are forecasting tropical storm formation in the next seven days.

Jeff Masters

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133. cchsweatherman
6:40 PM GMT on June 16, 2008

Based upon the latest satellite imagery, it appears that the tropical wave may be attempting to catch the lower mid-level circulation. In addition, both the circulation and tropical wave appear to be moving towards the WNW. There is also some better organization occuring with this as well now.
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132. 69Viking
1:39 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
125. extreme236

It's a tropical weather blog, stop the madness 236.
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131. mississippiwx23
6:41 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Tornado warning for Syracuse, NY. Doesn't look like your classic couplet, so hopefully it doesn't tighten up before it goes over the city.
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130. NEwxguy
6:41 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Oh we need an invest bad!!!!
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128. moonlightcowboy
1:33 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
If anyone would like to learn more about GW, more than what the arrogant alarmists are shoving down our throats, I highly recommend sebastionjer's blog. Now, there's a man who knows how to carry on a dialog like a gentlemen! And, it's very informative!

We'll see how soon we get 92L! It won't be terribly long before this blog sizzles with tropics and it won't have time for such immature non-sense.

Have a good day, all!
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126. MonkeeInDaTrunk
11:34 AM PDT on June 16, 2008
where's StormTop when you need him?

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125. extreme236
6:33 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Well Jp there is two sides to everything though. Although GW believers attack non-believers, you do have to admit that if someone came on this blog right now and said why they thing human are causing global warming and posted things to support their opinion, then they would be bombarded with facts against them and called "alarmists" (to use your word from the previous page). So there are two-sides to it.
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124. mississippiwx23
6:30 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
I liked the talk about a late winter last fall, and then we ended up having one of the coolest winters in a long time. The weather is difficult to predict when you rush to judgement based on one previous year. Kinda like how everyone expected the last two hurricane seasons to be exceptionally bad (not that two Cat 5s are not bad) but they ended up being rather average years.

The weather is complicated and we are trying to make conclusions on trends that we have only watched for about 100 years. When we have measured or detected cycles that last 20-30, it can be assumed there are also cycles that last 100-1000 years (which we do know about), so everything could be different 50 years from now. So, just go with the punches and don't worry too much about it. We don't have any control anyway.
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123. weatherfromFlorida
6:30 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Can we PLEASE get back to the Tropical Wave.
Lets just all state our opinions.
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122. moonlightcowboy
1:28 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
LOL, JP. He's banned me, too. And, I can promise you, I haven't lost a bit of sleep over it, nor felt the slightest bit warmer either! I could care less what he does! He's proven his lack of maturity to me. Most people can debate reasonably, civilly - he can't. And, that's too bad. Those kind of lessons usually come with some pain.
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120. moonlightcowboy
1:19 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
.....sssssshhhhhh, all you skeptics, denialists and coolies! The omniscient one has arrived and already calling people idiotic! Only it took him a few minutes longer than usual! LMAO! So predictable! UGH!

I can't stomach that kind of immature, self-proclaimed expert like, arrogant and frivolous slinging of wanna-be end all fact. LOL

I'm out till we get a hint of a breeze fellas!
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118. mississippiwx23
6:23 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
106. MichaelSTL 6:21 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Looks to me that we are right on the average this year...which tells me very little.

LOL!!! This proves what I said in my post before that!!! Gee... look closer... LOL!!!

To be honest, I was very confused by Dr. Master's post in regards to the sea ice. All I got out of it was that the sea ice isn't at a record low at this moment, otherwise nothing. And that graph only shows that there is little we can get out of the sea ice at the moment. We go through these ups and downs and in the end it all averages out.

20-30 years, lets see what the climate is like then and then we can start to make some conclusions.
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117. Floodman
1:24 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
105. HurricaneSammy
112. HurricaneSammy

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116. HurricaneSammy
6:23 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Flooding across Iowa has been linked to at least five deaths and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, officials said Monday.

Residents surround Lt. Tobey Harrison at a Cedar Rapids checkpoint Sunday as they wait to see their homes.

1 of 3more photos » Authorities found the body of Scott Jared McCulley, 35, on a gravel road near Wapello on Sunday, a day after his family reported him missing, said Sherry Crooks, a spokeswoman for the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

The death brought the number of flood-related deaths since Thursday to five, the governor's office said.

In Cedar Rapids, residents were allowed to return home temporarily to retrieve keepsakes and other items Sunday, but authorities said Monday that strike teams had determined the neighborhoods were no longer safe, even for a quick visit.

"We are taking a step back," Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman Dave Brown said, saying it would be awhile before evacuees would be permitted to go back home.

Police set up checkpoints to keep people away from the affected neighborhoods, deemed unsafe after weeks of heavy rain forced the Cedar River from its banks, leaving much of Iowa's second-largest city under water
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115. IKE
1:23 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
Here we go again. GW!@!@@#$#$#$%^%^

I believe it exists. I respect others who disagree....I care not to debate it and call others idiotic for not believing what I believe.

Peace folks....

Let there be an invest in the Atlantic that hurts no one(fingers crossed).
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114. NEwxguy
6:25 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
90. sarasotaman 6:03 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Ok im sorry, im sure in time the only thing to talk about is tropical stoms june is like the last month of wating like childbirth i guess lol

Where's that spinal when you need it!!!
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112. HurricaneSammy
6:21 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
We Need a Hurricane to stop the Fight in here


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111. 69Viking
1:08 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
79. jphurricane2006

LOL! But JP, doesn't GW directly affect the weather? LOL, just stirring the pot, don't take me seriously JP!
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109. NEwxguy
6:15 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
anything that might get going,which I doubt, would end up staying very far south,the upper low in the north atlantic is effecting a large portion of the western and central atlantic
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108. guygee
6:16 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Hey STL, did you know that UAH and RSS are actual satellites that measure temperature? LOL!

I give up, I just can't stop laughing when I look in here.
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107. Floodman
1:20 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
102. HurricaneSammy

Nope...LOL, Louisiana government
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105. HurricaneSammy
6:17 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
F.E.M.A :

F - failure
E - Encourging Terrible Suffreing
M - Messed up
A - ___ Holes


Ps.... Not Meant to Offend anyone

Just Mad at Fema For Not Doing the right thing

If they didn't do katrina right then what about the next major hurricane
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103. mississippiwx23
6:16 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
100. MichaelSTL 6:16 PM GMT on June 16, 2008

Looks to me that we are right on the average this year...which tells me very little.
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102. HurricaneSammy
6:14 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Oh Boy

Guess What i just heard :

Cnn Says ........ : Katrina Supplies donated by people was never passed out ...

Lol Hmmm Fema?
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99. MonkeeInDaTrunk
11:13 AM PDT on June 16, 2008
"pace" on earth? Yeah, well, I pace all the time...back and forth in my second home, known as my cubicle at work...waiting for the clock to strike 5 PM....trust me, there's enough pace to go around....

that and my Pace picante sauce...gotta love that stuff....
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98. Floodman
1:11 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
96. MichaelSTL

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97. 0741
6:08 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
everyone here remember this GW start wars not pace here in blogg!!!!!!!!!! pace on earth
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95. sarasotaman
6:07 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Lot of storms in gulf for this late in the day on Tampa radar.
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93. Floodman
1:05 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
90. sarasotaman

LOL...that's about right!
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92. 0741
6:02 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
((back to tropical))if wave keep going west it will make landfall in south america or do you see move overs windward islands????? GW start wars not pace here in blogg!!!!!!!!!! pace on earth
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90. sarasotaman
6:01 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
Ok im sorry, im sure in time the only thing to talk about is tropical stoms june is like the last month of wating like childbirth i guess lol
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88. NEwxguy
5:58 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
storms firing up in the northeast is a fact.
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87. HurakanPR
1:57 PM AST on June 16, 2008
estreme 236,Couldn't agree more GW and GC are weather issues,but the discussion should be done with respects for both sides.
86. IKE
12:59 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
84. jphurricane2006 12:59 PM CDT on June 16, 2008
and sarasota, he said banned when there is a hurricane threat

I dont see one threatening right now lol, but a lot of us are just tired of hearing about it

I'm tired of reading about it on here. I understand believers are trying to convince non-believers, but it just goes on and on and on.......
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83. extreme236
5:58 PM GMT on June 16, 2008
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