Red River flooding shows broken US flood policy.

Red River flooding shows broken US flood policy.

Freezing temperatures are locking up water for now and the Red River’s level is dropping at Fargo, but may climb yet again next week. Here’s an interesting piece from the NY Times contrasting Grand Forks, which suffered $1.5 billion in damages in 1997 and...

Fargo flooding, an ominous forecast, and a long history.

Fargo flooding, an ominous forecast, and a long history.

From a NWS flood statement on Friday: RECORD FLOWS UPSTREAM OF FARGO HAVE PRODUCED UNPRECEDENTED CONDITIONS ON THE RED RIVER. GIVEN THESE FACTORS…THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO BEHAVE IN WAYS NEVER PREVIOUSLY OBSERVED. For those of us watching floodplain policy and...

Ridiculous US climate debate hinders real action.

Ridiculous US climate debate hinders real action.

Today the group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) published a piece entitled “Columnist’s climate change denial distorts reality” in response to a recent Washington Post column (here) by George Will, noting multiple distortions regarding...

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, where you can find links to the full report: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on...

Mississippi R. flooding moves downstream.

Mississippi R. flooding moves downstream.

A Burlington, IA photo from the NY Times, which is doing some very good coverage, including a good article today, and a nice interactive graphic on the home page. Also a retrospective on Chelsea, IA, which had the opportunity to relocated after the 1993, but...