In Midwest, South, – Flooding Rolls On

May 31, 2019

Already a campaign issue.
How big will it be?


Every large community along the Arkansas River will see major or record flooding within the next week to 10 days as swift-moving water from weeks of heavy rain challenges Arkansas’ aging levee system, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
Worse, more heavy rain is on the way. 
Arkansas is not alone. Record flooding is also creating havoc in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and northeast Oklahoma, both from locally heavy rainfall and from swollen rivers bringing water south from the north-central U.S.

Eight states along the Mississippi have seen the longest period of flooding since the Great Flood of 1927, according to the NWS. The river has been at flood stage in Baton Rouge since January as snowmelt and rainfall waters make their way downstream.

One death in Arkansas has been attributed to the floods. Police said a 64-year-old victim apparently ignored a barricade and drove his minivan into floodwaters near the main gate at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith.
The Arkansas River, swollen from water released upriver in Oklahoma, is expected to crest Wednesday near Fort Smith, Arkansas, at 41 feet, well above the previous record of 38.1 feet.



13 Responses to “In Midwest, South, – Flooding Rolls On”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    On another forum I swore that if young people don’t get out to vote against Trump in 2020, I will burn a pile of tires every week for four years.

    If Joe “middle of the road” Biden turns out to be the Dem nominee, I might do it anyway.

    Next embittered outburst in [ 2 ] hours.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      You can help stop Biden by supporting Warren—send $$$ to her campaign NOW

      Remember, her motto is “I have a plan for that”, and she DOES.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      have not decided who to support yet, but am resolved to vote for whomever is the Democratic nominee – as the difference between that and Trump is precisely infinite.
      Still old enough to remember “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Al Gore and George Bush”
      (spoiler, there was)

      • jimbills Says:

        Yes, anyone on the planet is probably better than Trump. But here’s what Greenpeace thinks about Biden:

        His environmental scorecard is also poor for a Democrat:

        • jimbills Says:

          In comparison, Elizabeth Warren:

          Cory Booker (or look up any of the other candidates):

          But, the nominee will be the nominee, and yes, any of them would be better than Trump.

        • jimbills Says:

          Another recent ‘purity’ test:

          I know, I know.

          But what Democratic candidate gets nominated does matter for actual climate action – and the equation can’t simply be who has the best chance to beat Trump. We don’t really know who will perform best in the general when the Democratic candidate is decided. The winner can often turn out to be a really poor campaigner (Dukakis, Kerry, HC).

          Biden is supposed to clarify his climate change position this week, so maybe that will answer some questions.

          • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

            Actually, the question IS who is best to beat trump! Will give odds that any candidate will be better than the idiot child. Please please vote against the prick in 2020.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            You don’t need to say please to the folks who visit Crock—-actually, I doubt that more than a handful here have any intention of voting for the (tiny and limp) orange prick. Perhaps some of those constant “down-thumbers” would.

            Go over to WUWT and try to convince them to vote for a Dem (and likely get banned)

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        Oh, I’d vote for Biden (well, against Trump), but he doesn’t really get climate change, or why he should stop gripping women’s shoulders. (Has he ever done that with a male candidate?)

        • And this issue more than most others is an argument for someone younger, who got their education more recently, and who will themselves live to see the predictions come true. I’m not saying all old people think like they were taught 40 years ago, but it’s more normal for that to happen than for them to be in tune with the modern day state of science.

  2. redskylite Says:

    A few posts ago Terrry Donte remarked on a lack of papers around the recent increasing and dramatic flooding events.

    Iif he bothered to look he would find a large number of scientific work on the subject, here’s one dated 30th of May (2019), involving the U.S West Coast.

    Recent warming of landfalling atmospheric rivers along the west coast of the United States

    Katerina R. Gonzales Daniel L. Swain Kyle M. Nardi Elizabeth A. Barnes Noah S. Diffenbaugh

    First published: 30 May 2019

    In this study, we provide the first climatology of AR temperature across five US West Coast sub‐regions.

    We find substantial warming in ARs at both the seasonal and monthly scales, as well as seasonal and regional variations in the amount of warming along the US West Coast.

  3. redskylite Says:

    The U.S. Just Had Its Wettest 12 Months on Record

    The continental United States just experienced its wettest 12 months on record, receiving 6.25 inches of rainfall above the mean, according to a new report by NASA’s Earth Observatory. The finding comes amid weeks of record-setting floods throughout much of the central United States.

  4. Abel Adamski Says:

    Setting up nicely for higher wet bulb temperatures

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