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The Mississippi River Flood From Space

How bad is the flooding on the Mississippi River? A time-lapse satellite image shows the devastation around Cairo, while the record river levels make their way towards the Gulf, and New Orleans.

All eyes are on the Mississippi River as it reaches record levels in Missouri; the Wall Street Journal has a good interactive chart of flood gauges throughout the Midwest and South. For an overhead look at the extent of the flooding, this time-lapse video from NASA shows how the water has spread out from the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio near Cairo:

Here’s a still photo to get your bearings (top is May 3, bottom is April 14, 2010):

Mississippi River flood picture


And in an entirely different sort of timelapse, here’s this spring’s wet weather visualized:

Mississippi Ohio river spring rains 


The Ohio is also flooding; here’s a satellite image of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, near the Indiana/Illinois/Kentucky border:

Ohio River Flood


And the rising waters, as viewed April 29 and May 8 of this year:

Mississippi River flood
Mississippi River floodd


Photographs: NASA


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