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Record floods on Mississippi River, Lake Champlain; 3rd EF-5 tornado verified

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:40 PM GMT on May 06, 2011

The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois continues to fall today, with a level of 59.3', 2.5' below the all-time peak of 61.8' set on Monday night. On Monday night, the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to intentionally destroy a levee at Birds Point on the west bank of the Mississippi, just downstream from Cairo, Illinois, in order to relieve pressure on the levees in Cairo and save that city from a billion-dollar levee breach. The destruction of the Birds Point levee also helped slow the rise of the Mississippi River just south of its confluence with the Ohio River, but the river is still rising slowly, and has now set all-time records at New Madrid, Missouri, Tiptonville, Tennessee, and Caruthersville, Missouri--a 70-mile stretch of river downstream from Cairo. Currently, the Mississippi is expected to reach its 2nd highest level on record at Memphis on May 10, cresting at 48.0'. The all-time record at Memphis occurred during the great flood of 1937, when the river hit 48.7'. Downstream from Memphis, flood waters pouring in from the Arkansas River, Yazoo River, and other tributaries are expected to swell the Mississippi high enough to beat the all-time record at Vicksburg, Mississippi by 1.3' on May 20, and smash the all-time record at Natchez, Mississippi by six feet on May 22, and by 3.2 feet at Red River Landing on May 23. Red River Landing is the site of the Old River Control Structure, the Army Corps' massive engineering structure that keeps the Mississippi River from carving a new path to the Gulf of Mexico. I'll have a detailed post talking about the Old River Control Structure next week. Its failure would be a serious blow to the U.S. economy, and the great Mississippi flood of 2011 will give the Old River Control Structure its most severe test ever. Also of concern is the forecast for the Mississippi to crest at 19.5 feet in New Orleans on May 24. The levees in New Orleans protect the city for a flood of 20.0 feet--that is not much breathing room. Fortunately, only 0.5 - 1.5 inches of rain are expected over the Missouri/Illinois region over the next five days, which should not raise flood heights significantly.

Good links to follow the flood:
Summary forecast of all crests on Lower Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
Wundermap for Cairo, IL with USGS River overlay turned on.
National Weather Service "May 2011 Mississippi River Flood" web page


Figure 1. Flooding of the farmland along the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway due to the intentional destruction of a levee along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri is obvious in this pair of before and after photos. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

Lake Champlain hits highest level since 1869; record flooding in Canada
The Governor of Vermont declared a state of emergency yesterday in Vermont due to flooding along Lake Champlain. Heavy rains over the past ten days, combined with snow melt have combined to push the lake ot three feet above flood stage, and the lake has now broken its previous record high, set in 1869. The flooding has caused numerous road closures but no evacuations in the U.S. The story is different in Quebec, Canada, where flood waters from Lake Champlain coursing down the Richelieu River have created a 150-year flood, forcing the evacuation of 1,000 people and the flooding of 3,000 homes and businesses in the Richelieu Valley, just south of Montreal. The lake level is expected to crest Saturday morning, then slowly fall. Lake Champlain is 120 miles long with nearly 600 miles of shoreline, making it the sixth largest natural lake in the U.S., trailing only the Great Lakes in size.


Figure 2. Five to eight inches of precipitation has fallen over much of the Lake Champlain watershed over the past two weeks. Image credit: NOAA/AHPS.

A third tornado from the April 27 Super Outbreak rated an EF-5
Yesterday, the Jackson, Mississippi office of the NWS upgraded the violent tornado that hit Neshoba, Kemper, Winston, and Noxubee Counties in the northeast part of the state to EF-5 status, with top winds of 205 mph. This tornado continued into Alabama and had a total path length of 92.3 miles. Three people died in the tornado, which was so powerful that it dug out the ground to a depth of two feet over an area 25 - 50 yards wide and several hundred yards long. This is the third tornado rated EF-5 from the April 27 outbreak; tornadoes that hit Smithville, MS and Hackleburg, AL also received EF-5 ratings.


Figure 3. EF-5 damage from the April 27, 2011 Neshoba tornado in Mississippi. The tornado was so powerful that it dug out the ground to a depth of two feet over an area 25 - 50 yards wide and several hundred yards long. Image credit: NWS.

Rare EF-2 tornado hits New Zealand
A tornado ripped through New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, on Tuesday, killing one person at a shopping mall and injuring at least fourteen others. The damage was rated EF-2, making the tornado one of the strongest in New Zealand's history. Below is some footage of the twister, showing why it is dangerous to be in a car during a tornado. (Note also the clockwise rotation of the tornado--this is the Southern Hemisphere, where storms rotate clockwise.)


Figure 4. Footage of the May 3, 2011 New Zealand tornado that passed through the Auckland suburb of Albany.

I'll have a new post Monday.

Jeff Masters
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
Market St looking south towards casino. Contrary to what the media makes you think, blowing the levee greatly helped in keeping the waters lower here. It wasn't just about Cairo, it helped a lot of communities. Flood stage is about 39 ft here, currently it is at about 61.5 feet it could have been closer to 65.
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
view from atop the casino barge looking north up Ferry St
Champlain in his Lake
Champlain in his Lake
Isle La Motte, VT. St. Anne's Shrine Hey Hetzenwaelder these are more pictures of Lake Champlain at flood stage.

Flood Tornado

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

Quoting Patrap:
Lordy,...

Mom was right.

Never make fun of a man unless you have walked a mile in his shoes......That way if he gets upset with you, you are a mile away and you have his shoes.
502. beell


Black Hills, SD

SD is home to Harney Peak. Highest point in the US east of the Rockies @ 7,244'

The Black Hills are also home to Mt Rushmore.

Maybe a lot of nothing-but there is some lovely country on the western end of the state.
very true beell Far western south dakota is neat like western north dakota the painted rocks but other than that there is nothing
Quoting PcolaDan:


Get on Hwy 83 at Canadian border, go south until you get to the Mexico border (I have been across both), look 200 miles east then west. Scenery doesn't change much. ;)
Just looked at US 83 on the map.... it's just about the only highway that u could get away with saying that.... from border to border, even the river crossings would be pretty monotonous... lol
Quoting TexasGulf:
Southeast Texas needs RAIN. Its getting to the point where I may have to organize a neighborhood Rain Dance soon.

We've tried everything from washing the cars, watering the lawn, holding outdoor weddings... basically everything we can think of, but still it hasn't rained.


I'll be down in Bo'mont and H-town next week. I referred to my trip as "Heading to where The Streets Have No Rain" on Facebook, but no one got it. :(
Quoting AussieStorm:

Never make fun of a man unless you have walked a mile in his shoes......That way if he gets upset with you, you are a mile away and you have his shoes.


LOL - that was good.
Getting cold here in Old Sydney town.

Maximum Daily Temps Mon:63°F Tues:63°F Wed:61°F Thurs:61°F Fri:64°F Sat:64°F Sun:66°F

Minimum Daily Temps: Mon:46°F Tues:45°F Wed:41°F Thurs:43°F Fri:43°F Sat:41°F Sun:41°F
Quoting beell:


Black Hills, SD

SD is also home to Harney Peak. Highest point in the US east of the Rockies @ 7,244'

The Black Hills are also home to Mt Rushmore.

Maybe a lot of nothing-but there is some lovely country on the western end of the state.


Headed there this summer. Actually the Badlands National Park is pretty cool too. My earlier comment was actually tongue-in-cheek. The reality is, if you drive through any of these Plains states (okay, maybe not Kansas, or Nebraska, or...) they each have spots of natural beauty. Most are not exactly "just down the road" though. ;>)
Autumn snow on the cards


A cold front surging over eastern Australia mid-week looks set to yield a flurry of Autumn snow.

This cold front will be unusually intense for Autumn, with very cold air extending from Tasmania up to the tablelands of NSW.

While fairly common for Tasmania and the Victorian Alps, snowfall this early in May is quite unusual for the NSW ranges.

As the coldest air pushes over NSW late Wednesday and Thursday temperatures will plummet, leading to freezing temperatures. Since precipitation is forecast during this period elevated locations may see a light dusting of snowfall as far north as the Central Tablelands.

Alpine regions will see more widespread snow, with southern Victorian ski-fields likely to witness the heaviest snowfalls.

- Weatherzone
pcoladan have you ever been to the badlands?
In fact, Dan, u could prolly get a good ways into Alberta before the terrain would change much... though I think it gets boggy near the Saskatchewan River...
I would find miles and miles of corn, absolutely beautiful. Or a field of sunflowers.
I don't think I'd call it nothing, so much as.... understated... lol

But then, I've spent time in FL... lol
514. beell
Quoting PcolaDan:


Headed there this summer. Actually the Badlands National Park is pretty cool too. My earlier comment was actually tongue-in-cheek. The reality is, if you drive through any of these Plains states (okay, maybe not Kansas, or Nebraska, or...) they each have spots of natural beauty. Most are not exactly "just down the road" though. ;>)


I hear ya, Dan. It's always easier to find something outta nothing when you stop the car or get to where you're going. Driving from Beaumont to El Paso can get a little tedious also. "Are we still in Texas?"

Best place in the world for a tornado!

aquak9 i found living east of yulee fl quite cool the dolphins off my dock catching crab in traps and netting shrimp one of the most pleasant places to work
Quoting eddy12:
pcoladan have you ever been to the badlands?


Yes, got a son in Rapid City.
pcola the color of the rocks is amazing i thought
Quoting aquak9:
I would find miles and miles of corn, absolutely beautiful. Or a field of sunflowers.


It is beautiful. Have seen sunflower fields AND the "Amber Waves of Grain" from a helicopter in North Dakota. Was awesome! The corn fields can actually be kind of eerie when they are on both sides of the road and stand 8'high. Like driving through a chute.
Quoting eddy12:
pcola the color of the rocks is amazing i thought
Drove down through a loop and was amazed by the colors. Hope to make it to the Painted Desert in Arizona some day.
Quoting beell:


I hear ya, Dan. It's always easier to find something outta nothing when you stop the car or get to where you're going. Driving from Beaumont to El Paso can get a little tedious also. "Are we still in Texas?"

Best place in the world for a tornado!



Never made it all the way across the state. Always took a left at San Antonio. But one son moved to Phoenix. He called from west Texas - "My God, won't this state EVER end?" LOL

On that note, early day tomorrow. Nite all.
that would be cool also i know up by sedona is neat and there is a canyon area in utah that i found way cooler than the grand canyon can't remember the name though
South Dakota is the one Great Plains state that I have not been to or through in the last 10 or so years. My first experience with the "endless expanse" was in Texas. Some of my most memorable impressions were of the acres, no, MILES of farmland under various crops, often stretching to the horizon [or the nearest line of hills]. This is my residing recollection of the Medina Valley west of San Antonio... green, gold, growing things stretched out for miles.... and in the distance, three trees and some farm buildings.... it's a pattern I've seen in Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri - different river....
on another note starting to get a little action building in both the dakotas
Quoting eddy12:
that would be cool also i know up by sedona is neat and there is a canyon area in utah that i found way cooler than the grand canyon can't remember the name though
There's a lot of great stuff to look at in Eastern Utah.... along the Green River, especially where it comes out of Colorado and down where it joins the Colorado River, and off into the mountains there... For somebody like me, from the flat islands of the Bahamas, the Great Plains and intermountain region is pretty exciting to look at [even the "boring" parts... lol].
SALT LAKE CITY – The winter and early spring have been extreme across the West, with record snowpacks bringing joy to skiers and urban water managers but severe flood risks to northern Utah, Wyoming and Montana.
And despite all the wet weather in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, parts of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are in severe drought and gearing up for what is forecast as a bad fire season. In New Mexico, some 400 fires, driven by relentless winds, have already raced across 315,000 acres.
Credit — or blame — for the extreme weather goes mostly to a strong La Nina, which is associated with cooler than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean and an atmospheric flow that's causing drier than normal conditions in the Southwest and wetter than normal in the Northwest..
"This winter has been fairly unusual," said Laura Edwards, a research climatologist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., in what can only be considered an understatement.
Randy Julander, supervisor for the Utah Snow Survey, described more colorfully the disparity between the snow buried, flood endangered parts of the West and those that are parched and burning: "They're wishing they could get a little of what we have. (The wet weather) just continues to get worse. At this point, all you can do is open the chute, let her buck and hope your butt stays glued to the saddle."
Julander was referring to the coming melt with snowpacks at 200 percent of normal or higher throughout northern Utah. One lower-elevation area in the mountains 50 miles east of Salt Lake City is at 750 percent of normal — with another big storm headed to the region early this week.
"The sandbagging is in place. They've cleared the channels. Everybody is just sitting around chewing on their nails," Julander said.
In Colorado, the city of Denver and Loveland Ski Area are separated by a mere 75 miles. Yet, the city, east of the Rockies on the high plains, has had only 21.8 inches of snow this season, the second-lowest in history with records dating back to 1882. Loveland, at the top of the Continental Divide, entered the weekend within four inches of breaking its season snowfall record of 572 inches (some 49 feet, set in 1995-1996).

More at:Link
driving across the plains is boring thank god for xm radio lol
The New Mexico-Texas border doesn't offer much contrast I think. I looked for a picture and found this from near Floydada, Texas which is NE of Lubbock. Nice article about Coronado.



Farm land near Floydada, Texas, gives an idea of the frighteningly flat plains where expedition members were lost due to lack of landmarks to navigate by.

I think the land closer to New Mexico is similar except that the grass (?) might be shorter.
There's been a fair amount of snow in the NW Wyoming area also... wondering how much of that is going to make its way into the Missouri River system and thence to the Mississippi... It doesnt' look like any serious melting has started there yet....
Quoting eddy12:
driving across the plains is boring thank god for xm radio lol
it is a lot easier by train.... [Amtrak - leave the driving to us lol]

Quoting bappit:
The New Mexico-Texas border doesn't offer much contrast I think. I looked for a picture and found this from near Floydada, Texas which is NE of Lubbock. Nice article about Coronado.



Farm land near Floydada, Texas, gives an idea of the frighteningly flat plains where expedition members were lost due to lack of landmarks to navigate by.

I think the land closer to New Mexico is similar except that the grass (?) might be shorter.
I think techically the Llano Estacado continues into NM, so definitely the eastern portion of the state would have similar qualities. After that, as you go west, there are some... well, sufficiently distinctive features... lol... Jornado del Muerto, lava flows, big red mesas... stuff like that. And the mountains.... But CO, WY, MT, they're all like that... the eastern or southeastern are really part of the plains. Makes for some more variety.
I have some great pics I took in ND a couple years back.... all peaceful farms and dirt roads and growing things.... absolutely nothing to suggest that a passing storm might have a tornado attached.... lol
Interesting history tidbit about Coronado's mischief on the Plains.

Coronado's expedition remains a paradox of history and an object lesson in not capitalizing on a discovery. On the one hand, they carried out an amazing exploration of central North America several generations before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock! Undeniably, they displayed great courage and stamina. But because they had the idea that "wealth" must be gold and jewels, and because their economic system required that they get rich quick instead of creating self-sustaining agricultural settlements, they did not recognize value in the fertile valleys and mineral-rich hills through which they passed. It was only because of their own world view that they were forced to return home as failures.
always wanted to try an amtrak trip sounds like fun
My Momma just moved from Albuquerque to P'cola. I visited over Thanksgiving and man is it some kind of flat and sandy. We went down to Carlsbad, through the alien capital of the world Roswell. There ain't much in that state. Perhaps like 5 real cities.
Flood Warning, Areal Flood WarningStatement as of 9:12 PM CDT on May 08, 2011
The Flood Warning continues for the Mississippi River at Memphis
* until further notice.
* At 8 PM Sunday the stage was 47.7 feet.
* Major flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecast.
* Maximum forecast stage of 48.0 feet Tuesday May 10.* Flood stage is 34.0 feet.
* The river is above flood stage and will continue rising to near 48.0 feet by Tuesday may 10. Then... the river will begin falling very slowly.
* At 46.0 feet... the south end of Tom Lee Park begins to flood. Riverside Drive at Beale street is beginning to flood.
* At 47.0 feet... north evacuation Road from harbortown is under water.
Dwellings on the north end of the Memphis Harbor are beginning to flood.
* At 48.0 feet... Riverside Drive in Memphis and Tom Lee Park are flooded.

floods-along-the-mississippi-river-lead-to-renewe d-calls-for-a-change-in-strategy
Lots of rain here in Costa Rica due to the Low.
Quoting eddy12:
that would be cool also i know up by sedona is neat and there is a canyon area in utah that i found way cooler than the grand canyon can't remember the name though


Bryce canyon.?


Image credit

Link
I think that's it thank you spathy
We have this here in Australia.



Quoting eddy12:
I think that's it thank you spathy


Well thats kinda funny.
Many many years ago I took a train trip across country that went through Bryce Canyon.
Amtrak SW unlimited.
I think they stopped that rout a long time ago,if memory serves me.
i gotta get to austrailia
Aussie would love to see your country and also do some offshore fishing
Quoting eddy12:
Aussie would love to see your country and also do some offshore fishing

No fishing here, just a big rock wave.
the wave photo is awesome where is it located
Quoting eddy12:
Aussie would love to see your country and also do some offshore fishing

Plenty of BIG fish here. Barramundi.

They can be caught in here.
Quoting AussieStorm:

Plenty of BIG fish here. Barramundi.

They can be caught in here.


Oh wow, I definitely need to get to Australia in my lifetime.
Quoting AussieStorm:

No fishing here, just a big rock wave.


WOW.....that is so awesome. I have never even been out of the States....Guess I may get to travel some in the future. I just travel visually online, for now......
Quoting eddy12:
the wave photo is awesome where is it located

Wave Rock

Also close by is Hippo's Yawn.

when does qantas have another big sale
Quoting EYEStoSEA:


WOW.....that is so awesome. I have never even been out of the States....Guess I may get to travel some in the future. I just travel visually online, for now......

Fancy a game of Marbles




Devils Marbles
Quoting eddy12:
when does Qantas have another big sale

You need to wait till your dollar gets stronger than ours, or you'll lose your money in exchange
Quoting AussieStorm:

Fancy a game of Marbles




Just fascinating....that just looks so impossible for those big rocks to be so balanced....
The Olgas


I don't think it will be a cheap trip either way not with so much to see and do
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Summer


Winter
checking on qantas web sight seems like maybe about 5000 dollars for 14 days
Quoting eddy12:
checking on qantas web sight seems like maybe about 5000 dollars for 14 days

Where u flying from?
Aussie what;s ayers rock like
I would fly to lax from wherever i am
Quoting eddy12:
Aussie what;s ayers rock like

Never been there myself, plan to go one day.

from lax to sydney with trips to cairns ayres rock is 2860 plus 270 fees then sightseeing 370 plus trip offshore fishing and extra cash to spend figure to about 5000 to 5500
Quoting eddy12:
I would fly to lax from wherever i am

From Sydney to Los Angeles then Los Angeles to Sydney

AU$3417

I'm off to work. If you want to know any other places to go Down Under. WU-mail me or just let me know here.
aussie thank you very much
Quoting AussieStorm:

From Sydney to Los Angeles then Los Angeles to Sydney

AU$3417

I'm off to work. If you want to know any other places to go Down Under. WU-mail me or just let me know here.



Thanks for the pics.....dont work too hard :)
Quoting AussieStorm:

Fancy a game of Marbles




Devils Marbles


They have something like that in Pittsfield, MA called the Balanced Rock. It's pretty neat to see.


Quoting AussieStorm:
We have this here in Australia.



I started to ask where in Oz these are... then I read the quote lines.... lol

Some great stuff there, Aussie... makes me want to put some $$ together to visit Oz next winter [your time] ....

If I ever get to go to Australia, I'd have to find a way to spend about 8 weeks.... I have friends on both coasts, plus I'd want to spend a couple week in New Zealand... I doubt I'd be able to afford such a trip more than once in my lifetime, so I'd have to get in everything....
Anybody know of an equivalent to ftp://ftp.tpc.ncep.noaa.gov/atcf/tcweb/ for the WesternPacific?
Morning all. Signs of the relentless summer warmup - yesterday, it was 66 degrees at 5 am; this a.m., only 72.

I'm going to have a coffee. Hope you get to enjoy at least one before you plunge, ease or stride into your day!

;o)
Quoting BahaHurican:
Morning all. Signs of the relentless summer warmup - yesterday, it was 66 degrees at 5 am; this a.m., only 72.

I'm going to have a coffee. Hope you get to enjoy at least one before you plunge, ease or stride into your day!

;o)

Morning Baha, Ah yes coffee, the only way to start your day. I had 57 this morning and fog


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
1226 AM HST MON MAY 9 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
THE ISLAND OF KAUAI IN KAUAI COUNTY

* UNTIL 330 AM HST

* AT 1220 AM HST...RADAR SHOWED HEAVY RAIN CONTINUING TO MOVE SLOWLY
TO THE NORTH ACROSS KAUAI. FLOODING THEREFORE REMAINS POSSIBLE FOR
THE ENTIRE ISLAND.

* THE HANALEI RIVER GAUGE CONTINUES TO REPORT A VERY HIGH WATER
LEVEL. THE BRIDGE CROSSING THE HANALEI RIVER WILL THEREFORE REMAIN
CLOSED.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
HAENA...WAINIHA...NA PALI STATE PARK...MOLOAA...KALALAU VALLEY...
WAILUA...PRINCEVILLE...KOKEE STATE PARK...KILAUEA...KAPAA...HANALEI
AND ANAHOLA.
575. P451
That system off of New England is generating some really nice breezy conditions here in SE NY State this morning. Very clear crisp morning here.

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Talking about traveling I found Arizona to be repetitive and generally boring. Sedona is a tourist trap. The Grand Canyon is well it's the Grand Canyon but after a day...you're done with it honestly. Did the helicopter tour down into the canyon that was probably the highlight. Went on lake Powell on a river tour and that was very fun - hit the big stone arch and other landmarks. Painted Desert is unique. Phoenix is crap but stayed in Scottsdale which is okay but still it's just a bunch of rich people who settled it into golf courses and resort style hotels. There's nothing inspiring about it at all but being the very end of the trip it was a welcome couple of days just lounging at the pool. Except it was 115F but what can you do.

It was interesting at Flagstaff to have snow only to end up in Phoenix a day later and have 115F. But it's not a trip maker.

To be honest I was not impressed at all. I was more impressed with the 20 minutes driving through SW Utah as I made my way into NW Arizona.

Las Vegas is intense and fun but it too gets old after a day. The drive NE out of it is just barren which is unique but then tiresome.

Enjoyed California the most, easily. Drove the Pacific Coast Highway for quite some distance. Generally did SF down to Tijuana. Talk about your dumps LOL. Redwoods are incredibly impressive.

In all if I did a west coast trip again I'd do central CA and go north up to Washington and then make my way back down somehow into Utah.

AZ/NV...nah. Seen it, wasn't impressed, see no reason to return.

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And Australia looks like it went through some pretty bizarre and likely violent geologic events to get those formations. Not sure which would be worse though: Those or my tantrums on a 24 hour flight to get there. :/ That would have to be a trip of months leapfrogging 6-8 hours between stops at most.

I'm liking this forecast although the rain chances are only 20-30% each day.


577. P451
Nice wind up. Giving me a perfect day as a result here in SE NY State. 24HR WV Imagery.

P451

I rafted the Colorado 4 times since 1989 and it is some of my most memorable vacations. All the side canyons, Elves Chasm, Deer Park, are just awesome. I have been on the south rim twice and from the rim it can look very much the same, but down in the canyon its really awesome!
I have seen alot of talk on various sites and blogs about the Mississippi River changing course in La. What are the possibilities of this happening? Enclosed is a link of a clickable map that demonstrates where it could possibility go from one point of view.
Link
This goes with the link in 579
May 8th 2011 5:54 PM

Jeff May 8th 2011 5:54 PM

The link below will show an enhanced Google Map I made of the Lower Mississippi and Atchafalaya river area. The control structures are shown as are the main levees along the Atchafalaya floodway. Anyone is welcome to use this map link and pass it along.

The “i” symbol links to a background article from americaswetlandresources.com.

To see the detailed topographic maps click Hybrid ==> MyTopo. Then zoom in for more topographic detail.

To turn the symbol labels on/off click Menu ==> Labels On/Off.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=https ://sites.google.com/site/gmap4files/p/news/mississ ippi_course_change.txt&ll=30.417887,-91.201416&t=h &z=9&label=on

Joseph Elfelt
Gmap4 author
Redmond, WA
581. P451
Quoting splash3392:
P451

I rafted the Colorado 4 times since 1989 and it is some of my most memorable vacations. All the side canyons, Elves Chasm, Deer Park, are just awesome. I have been on the south rim twice and from the rim it can look very much the same, but down in the canyon its really awesome!


The one thing I just did not have time to do was make it down into the canyon itself. I hear a lot of people say that is the trip maker far above just standing at the rims of the canyon.

I'd like to add I did this trip in the late 80s as well so some of my remarks might seem off a bit.


I was really in awe of driving through that bit of Utah and to me I made a mental note I want to do it again but go further into that state. Definitely have a UT-CA(SF northward)-OR-WA..perhaps ID/WY/MT circuit in mind.

More of a mountains person anyways.

If I do a desert region again it's going to be Africa or the Middle East in some capacity if possible. The half deserts of scrub brush, cactus, and dusty wasteland just doesn't do it.
582. P451
Quoting hurricaneeye:
Lots of rain here in Costa Rica due to the Low.


Certainly a lot of moisture around. EPAC has been very moist it wouldn't surprise me to see a system pop up out there in the coming weeks. A couple of disturbances have already evolved but the conditions just aren't right quite yet. Sure seems like there will be plenty of disturbances developing one after another.

12HR WV Imagery:









583. P451
585. P451
I have hundreds of AZ/CA/NV photos but here's just a couple that I enjoyed the most. It was at the Arch which you get to by river boat on the lake. Behind it is Indian territory, the mountain shown is sacred to them, you go on it they kill you said the guide, and it's entirely in their right to do so.





Just to give an idea of the time frame...he's a shot of SF. Note the cars haha.



Oh, I also caught JAWS real good at Universal Studios (Forgot to add what a great place to visit). Got yelled at by the guide for that one LOL.



Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tide
Live video of Bonnet Carre spillway opening:




Live TV : Ustream
590. Jax82
nice low off the coast of NE.

Morning all! Allergies are killing me today.
592. Jax82
P451:


Certainly a lot of moisture around. EPAC has been very moist it wouldn't surprise me to see a system pop up out there in the coming weeks. A couple of disturbances have already evolved but the conditions just aren't right quite yet. Sure seems like there will be plenty of disturbances developing one after another.


Good Morning Folks.............Agreed; been noticing that very active and moist ITCZ on the E-Pac side. We could end up with an active E-Pac start to the season this year with a classic MJO shirt to the Atlantic side in due time.....Might not be as quiet for the Gulf and Caribbean this year as compared to last year......I got a bad feeling about this Year with all of heat content out there in the Gulf.
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