Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Flood of Hoop Dreams

Recent torrential rains have caused flooding throughout areas of Missouri. Floods of this magnitude are not a normal winter event. First, because the late December atmosphere is typically too cold to carry this much moisture. Second, ice upstream usually slows down the river’s flow.  Though the record rainfall, which is 2 to 6 times the typical December amount, has mostly subsided. river levels continue to rise as tributaries flow into larger streams, some of which are as  high as 20 to 30 feet above flood stage.