What a difference a few seasons make.
January 11, 2013 11:26 PM Subscribe
posted by paulsc (10 comments total)
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Less than 20 months after the historic Spring 2011 (previously on MeFi)
floods, the Mississippi River may be at similarly historic low levels and flow. Shipping commerce and even drinking water for towns and cities dependent on the Mississippi are under severe threat
the river will soon be nearly 40 feet below its Spring 2011 flood crest, and more than 28 feet below normal flood stage. So far in 2013, Mississippi River Basin
snow pack is below seasonal normal even as far west as Colorado
, and in no way makes up for the summer 2012 rainfall shortage. Reservoir releases from Upper Missouri River storage lakes and other northern Mississippi River feeders, to raise water level in the Mississippi, have become politically controversial in light of continuing drought conditions
. While the next week's forecast (pdf)
for the upper U.S. Midwest predicts some snow, dry conditions continue for much of the central U.S. At present
, according to NOAA, there seem to be Equal Chances for Above Normal, Normal, and Below Normal in the mid-Central United States in late Spring 2013.
Good luck to all who depend on Mississippi watershed rivers and lakes, one or another, at whatever remove, in the coming months.