Monday, February 12, 2018

Missouri basin snowpack on 2011 track

One image shows why President Thomas Jefferson used an executive order to defy the US Constitution, to begin the Native American Genocide and to purchase the Louisiana Territory from a country that didn't even own it.

The upper Missouri River basin snow pack water equivalent is at 114%. Looks bleak for parts of northeastern South Dakota, eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle but the rest looks pretty good. 2011 was a La Niña year (El Nino Southern Oscillation), too.
If indeed this research is being confirmed, it suggests that on average — allowing for yearly variations due to ENSO — the West is going to become hotter and drier faster than people had expected.
Read that here.

Recall that after having built a house in a swamp that flooded a Republican former governor of South Dakota received a generous self-reimbursement from insurance coverage underwritten by his own company knowing Lake Sharpe is filling with silt.

The US Army Corps of Engineers have planned a sandbar project for the Missouri River above the Garrison Dam despite studies that disprove their effectiveness for the piping plover.
A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications takes advantage of a natural experiment created by the region's 2011 floods, demonstrating that the engineered habitat doesn't provide the benefits of sandbars created by nature.
Read that here.

The main stem dams have all but killed the Missouri River.

Click on any image for a better look.

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