Satellite Imagery of Near-Record Flooding Along Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

These two false colored images from the NASA Terra satellite show the Cairo, IL region on April 28, 2011 and April 29, 2010. The differences are stark. Blue colors indicate water, green and brown is dry land. MODIS, the visible and infrared sensor on Terra, is the precursor to the visible and infrared sensors to be flown on NOAA’s future geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, GOES-R and JPSS.

As of April 29, 2011, the National Weather Service lists 369 locations around in the country as flooded, based on river gauge measurements.

As spring has progressed, flooding has moved south from the Dakotas and Minnesota along the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. At the nexus of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers lays Cairo, IL. This city is no stranger to flooding, as levee breaks in 1927 and 1937 greatly impacted the region. The Ohio River, on the town’s eastern bank, is currently only 6 inches below the record stage of 59.5 feet, and is expected to crest at around 60.5 feet next week.

3 thoughts on “Satellite Imagery of Near-Record Flooding Along Mississippi and Ohio Rivers”

  1. You know one good thing that’s come out of the AGW controversy is a heightened awareness of the grandeur of Nature.
    It was the delusional arrogance of the Warmists that alerted me to their fraud in the first place!

  2. Charles Nelson, you’re having a little too much fun tweaking the CAGW Alarmists. I’m afraid I’m going to have to report you, bud.

  3. I flew over the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys back in 1993 and these images remind me of what was apparent then – flooding is almost entirely limited to the flood plain.

    Note to folks who build on large river flood plains: These places are named as they are for a very good reason. Also please note: If you build there, don’t expect my taxes to support you forever.

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