Grandma trumps the flood.

Grandma trumps the flood.

I ran around southern Illinois being a laser leveling Boy Scout helping my neighbors by tying the Big Muddy River gage readings from the USGS and NOAA to flood elevations at their homes and on low spots in our roads. If the Big Muddy had risen as predicted, Kate and I...

What floods around goes around.

What floods around goes around.

Looks like the Meramec River will hit the flood of record in St. Louis tomorrow. These guys, who build our Emriver boxes, sit on the fringe of the Meramec’s floodplain there. Consider the irony of our great friends and suppliers of river model parts going...

Water (and Emriver orders) flood Carbondale.

Water (and Emriver orders) flood Carbondale.

Flooding all over. From west Texas to New York. Lots of trouble in southern Illinois. Pumps and levees failed in Harrisburg, IL. If you’re into hydrology, check out the stage plots and rainfall on my favorite Missouri Ozark river. Jesse took this photo as he and...

Carbondale winter roller coster.

Carbondale winter roller coster.

Here’s a view out our window at home across the frozen pond (and past a couple of tropical plants). Nice to see the sun after a few days of heavy overcast. The other photo is of a pine seedling in the yard. I was finally well enough to go into work a bit today,...

Climate change, within and without.

Climate change, within and without.

The killer flu strain going around SIUC came home with Kate and got me last Friday. I haven’t had a fever since 1980, but this weekend I went between 97.5 and 103F several times, whew. The fever finally broke last night. The first night I had high fever, I...