Historic Flooding Still Not on Everyone’s Radar

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After blogging last week about my surprise that the media wasn’t making the historic flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers a front page story, I’m happy (if that’s the right word) to see the story is moving up a bit on the priority list. CNN.com is leading off its U.S. Edition with the flood, while MSNBC has it #2 (behind the housing foreclosure crisis). However, it’s filed well down the list over at USAToday and not even a blip on The New York Times “U.S.” section.

CNN leads off with the historic flooding. (Click any image for a larger size.)

The New York Times doesn't mention the flooding in its U.S. section.

Unfortunately, the rain keeps falling across the Midwest. One system after the next passes by, drops its rain, and moves on. As I mentioned last week, these system are not stand-out systems, but they are indeed contributing to the historic flooding of this area as even the slightest amount of rainfall exacerbates the situation. I heard on the radio this morning that a section of the Mississippi River that is normally a half-mile wide is now three miles wide. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district engineer stated that the levees are not expected to fail while noting that enough water is passing by each second to fill a football field 44 feet deep. Rain, at times heavy, is expected each day this week. Upstream flooding of tributaries is becoming common as the historic levels of the Mississippi force the tributaries to rise as they flow backwards.

Historic flooding is expected to continue across the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley throughout the week and, in many cases, through the end of the month of May. River levels have crested in many areas along the Ohio River, but this surge of water will continue to spread southward with damaging floods expected to continue to impact many areas of western Tennessee, Arkansas, western Mississippi and eastern Louisiana. Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch

Showers and thunderstorms, some of which may become severe, will contribute widespread rainfall to the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. In many areas rainfall will average half an inch with locally heavier rainfall possible. Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch

Many of these same areas may be affected by strong to locally severe thunderstorms once again on Tuesday. To the north and west, expect another upper level disturbance to bring an additional round of thunderstorms to the Dakotas and Upper Midwest by the afternoon and evening hours. Further to the south, the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms will begin to emerge across the Southern Plains and Texas during the late afternoon and evening hours as a stronger upper-level system pushes across the Four Corners and into the Southern Rockies and southern High Plains. Once again, general rainfall amounts across the impacted regions will range from 0.25-0.50 inch. Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch

Ongoing showers and storms during the morning hours will continue to dive south and east from the Midwest through the Ohio River Valley, Appalachians, the Carolinas and the Southeast. Localized totals as high as one inch will be possible, especially across the elevated terrain of the Appalachians. Image: ImpactWeather StormWatch


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