Watch the weather and news reports coming out about the heavy rains and even more snow for the upper Mississippi River Valley. Out west late spring snow is falling with some places in Colorado getting as much as 12 inches of new snow. The question is do we need to worry?
Jim Belles of the National Weather Service has an answer.
"There is a reason to keep an eye on it then I think you know of recent snows that we've had over the Midwest that's going to have its impact on the upper basin of the Mississippi. You always have to remember around here we have the Ohio River we got to keep an eye on as well as the upper Mississippi ."
Here at Memphis the river is on the rise. Jimmy Ogle is one of those people who not only watches the river he knows the history of the Mighty Mississippi River.
"Its risen 20 feet in 2-21/2 days and some big jumps each night 3 to 4 feet a night"
"But again its a big river system, Jim Belles notes, "and we'll see some impact here in the Mid-south. We're forecasting a number of our areas to go to flood stage. Right now not forecasting that right here in Memphis although we're getting very close we will keep an eye on that."
With good reason almost half of the United States rivers and streams find their way into the Mississippi River.
"41 per cent of North America 31 states and two Provences in Canada right through here all right through here," Ogle notes,
"Mark Twain called it the great sewer."
The big question is will the Memphis in May B.B.Q. festival be ok this year?
We're talking about b.b.q here.
Historian Jimmy Ogle predicts, "dry....totally dry...."
now that's the kinda talk we like hearing.
The National Weather Service did leave the door open to other possibilities, but also agreed another high water situation like a couple of years ago is almost totally out of the question.
Unless something changes.