Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Jeff Masters is reporting that the cost for Ike could be $27 billion. As its remnants passed through the Midwest today, parts of Missouri got seven inches of rain, and many gages are above flood stage. The USGS has a neat Google Maps based summary of flooding along...

Big news on climate change and flooding.

Big news on climate change and flooding.

Yesterday we saw a major shift in attitudes and politics regarding climate change and its effects on violent weather and flooding. From a NOAA press release: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research today released a...

Corn, flooding, climate change.

Corn, flooding, climate change.

I believe that climate change may be the most important issue facing river managers, especially those concerned with the effects of flooding on people. Dodging tornadoes to deliver our Em4 to Winona, MN and later doing fieldwork in Michigan, Jesse, Cara, and I drove...

2,300 miles, no problems.

2,300 miles, no problems.

It’s nice to be home. Cara and I started at 6:30 Detroit time, (5:30 Carbondale) this morning, hoping to get a final bit of field work done. The bottom fell out as we reached the site, so we retreated to a coffee shop (photos) and watched the Motor City power...

More urban hydrology, climate change and agriculture.

More urban hydrology, climate change and agriculture.

While I slept last night only about 0.7″ of additional rain in St. Louis (see graph) sent Fishpot Creek up to around 2,000 cfs for the second time in 4 days! This creek only drains 9.6 square miles. There are 10 years of record for this gage (with a big gap in...