Unusually heavy rainfall and severe storms in parts of Missouri and Illinois late last month are now causing the Mississippi River to surge, threatening a number of communities with severe flooding.
Water management experts say decentralized techniques like rainwater collection tanks, green rooftops, and even absorbent pavement could be the best way to manage water from storms and prevent the kind of runoff that caused flash floods and mudslides in southern California last week.
It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.
The U.S. Deep South has been deluged by rain over the past several weeks. These satellite images show the extent of the flooding along the Arkansas River.
A lot of the most basic traits we associate with humans, not the least of which include intelligence and walking on two legs, evolved when our ancient habitat changed from dense forest to wide-open grassland. So what caused this change?
Even the most ridiculous and obviously false bits of folklore can turn out to have a kernel of truth. It turns out the Moon really can affect how much rain the Earth gets. The reason why is still a mystery.