The record drought of 2012 continued in many parts of the Mississippi Basin at the beginning of 2013.  With spring comes snow melt, rain and floods of varying degrees to the Mississippi watershed.  Flooding is often regional so certain parts of the watershed may have too much water while others have too little.  For articles and reports on the impacts of continuing drought, excessive rainfall and other climatic events along the Mississippi River in 2013, please review the articles linked to below.

By Tricia Edgar – Decoded Science – April 19, 2013

Drought, then flooding? After the summer and fall of drought, and a winter worrying about whether the precipitation levels would be enough to carry people through the next season, rivers in the Midwest are now flooding due to heavy rainfall. Chicago has been particularly badly impacted by the heavy rainfall. For full story, click here.

By Sam Nelson – Reuters – April 2, 2013

Rainfall over the next two weeks in the U.S. Plains and Midwest will help ease drought stress on the winter wheat crop but also slow spring fieldwork and early corn plantings, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday. "It will be good for the Plains but not so good for the Midwest," said Andy Karst, meteorologist for World Weather Inc. Karst said cooler temperatures were keeping soil conditions too cold for corn planting, and rains totaling 0.75 inch to 1.50 inches or more Sunday through Thursday of next week would prevent seedings of the crop in the lower Midwest. For full story, click here.

Houma Courier – April 13, 2013

And a review of research on Louisiana’s freshwater diversions by a panel of experts from outside the state concluded they could find no solid evidence the projects improved adjacent wetlands and even saw evidence that they might hurt wetlands. The study indicated that the state’s Coastal Master Plan, built around large sediment diversions, may be forging ahead blind to the potential dangers in the river water. For full story, click here.

By Jeff Black and Alastair Jamieson – NBC news – April 18, 2013 – Video

A massive and deadly weather system carrying potentially severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes was soaking the nation’s midsection on Thursday, with flash floods reported in Chicago and heavy rain expected to cause major flooding along the Mississippi River. Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency across Illinois as thousands of people struggled with flood damage even as another wave of wet weather was on the way. For full story, click here.