Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fargo flooding from space

Held in place by reinforced levees, the swollen Red River snakes through Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, in this image captured by the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s EO-1 satellite on March 28, 2009. The river’s usual s-shaped curves north and south of Interstate 94 had been swallowed in a bulge of water. The main channel of the river is slightly darker than the flooded land in these areas, hinting at how extensive the floods are.

The Earth Observatory article is here.

Looks like the Red River will crest roughly 3 feet less than the historic crest of 40+ feet on March 28. The very latest NWS flood forecast for downtown Fargo shows a crest near 37 feet by Saturday. Residents in the Fargo/Moorhead area may yet dodge a bullet.

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