Archive for the ‘Floods’ Category

Mighty Mississippi

So as this article states, I’m one of those people who lives within 100 miles of the Mighty Mississippi. In fact, I work not more than a mile or so away from this majestic river. I’ve also lived through (while sandbagging to help others) a few of those floods, including the one back in 1993 , that many people called the 100 year flood.

One of the things I remember around that time was an article I found which was written by a professor across this same river over in Illinois (whose name and school I can’t remember) that stated this 100 year flood is actually more like a 15 year flood. Meaning this size of flood occurs more like every 15 years, rather than 100 years.

So I wasn’t surprised when I read this article entitled “Engineers Tried to Tame the Mississippi River. They Only Made Flooding Worse.” by Adam Rogers over at the Grist. Meanwhile, I need to go back and look for that study.



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Lost beach

As I sat and watch the Mississippi river during the latest round of floods here in Missouri this past spring, I’m reminded how no matter what humans do to the river (i.e. dams, levies, etc…) when she wants something, mother nature just goes and takes it.

In this case, it was a beach on Achill Island, located off the coast of Ireland in 1984. Then suddenly it was returned this past April. You can read about it in the article entitled “Lost Irish beach returns after 33 years: A freak tide just returned more than 1,000 feet of sand wiped out by a brutal winter storm on Achill Island” by Michael d’Estries over at Mother Nature Network.



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Weekend in nature

So we started with Raptor Night on Friday evening, after I got off work and while it made for a long night (though we did get dinner first), we listen to a lecture, watch a video on falconry and then a little meet the birds session.

My daughter of course, wants to dive in head first and start building a cage and become an apprentice, the whole nine yards. My youngest one wasn’t too interested but he did enjoy petting one of the birds.


Then on Sunday we went over to check out the Meramec river at Emmenegger Nature Park. It was amazing how high it still is. Usually we can walk in and look for fossils and shells or just skip rocks. Today, we can’t get to close because of the unstable ground. We did however, manage to take a few pictures.


Overall, a really great weekend.



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Off to the west…

When I went outside tonight, I thought not again. When I read this article over at the New York Times entitled “Vast Stretches of Minnesota Are Flooded as Swollen Rivers Overflow” by Julie Bosman, I thought okay, maybe we’re good.


Anyway, we’re headed up north this summer and so we’ll just have to wait and see. If the kids were here tonight, we’d probably be out catching fire flies.  It’s a great night for that.



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The river shes a rising

Here are a just a couple of articles on the recent river trouble here in the midwest.

The first one relates to our most recent news, the waters on the Missouri river and it’s entitled “Concern Deepens with River” by Bill Lambrecht and Mark Schlinkmann at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The other one talks about decision a couple of weeks ago about blowing a hole in one of the levee’s on the Mississippi and it’s entitled “After the Flood, Farmers Try to Dig In” by Joe Barrett at the Wall Street Journal. It’s really so sad.


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Is spring right around the corner?

While I know spring is not just right around the corner, at least we’ll get a peek at it these next few days. That said though and with winter still hanging around, I thought this article “Cold Jumps Arctic ‘Fence,’ Stoking Winter’s Fury” by Justin Gillis at the New York Times. Good reading

And while I’m trying not to look ahead, the article “Water Hazard on the Plains” by Joe Barrett at the Wall Street Journal might just be a warning of what’s to come. Here’s hoping it’s not.


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With the floods comes the backwash

Floods can do damage in so many ways. Here are a few articles just on the subject of food:

First we have, “Midwest Flooding Could Push Prices of Foods Higher” by Grant Schulte, Judy Keen and Andrea Stone at USA Today. It amazes me how many factors can influence food prices.

Then this article was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled ” Floods Cast Cloud Over Food Prices” by Rick Callahan of the Associated Press. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the link. I will try again tomorrow.

There was this article over at the New York Times “In Midwest Floods, a Broad Threat to Crops” by Susan Saulny. This article tells the story of Dave Timmerman’s small farm up in Newhall Iowa, near Cedar Rapids (where I was born many years ago).

Finally, this last article talks about the shipping of food and it’s entitled “Midwest Floods Cripple Shippers” by Alex Roth and Thomas M. Burton. Unfortunately, it’s available as it’s over at the Wall Street Journal.


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