My World Is A Flood: May 2

 

Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.

 

Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken May 2, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.
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My World Is A Flood: May 1

Hooray! It’s May Day!  Gotta cling to whatever these days.  We turned the heat off the other day when it reached the 70′s and forgot or neglected to turn it back on.  It’s cold this morning.  I do think the river crested yesterday afternoon.  I checked my markers and the backyard is right around seven-and-a-half-feet of water.

Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.
Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Orange Cat came by this morning with another bird.  He was a little camera shy this morning so no photo.  The watermarks on the duck house tree look a bit larger, indicating the water is slowly slowly slowly going down.

Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.
Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.
Photo taken May 1, 2013, around 8 a.m.

 

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My World Is A Flood: April 30

As the city leaders play ping pong with balls of flood information, clean-up times and the blame game, water in the rural area continues to rise.

Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The marker in front of the dead tree is showing the yard is about 5-and-a-half-feet underwater.   One issue the flood brings us is this area is prime for a full sun garden.  Sweet corn and pumpkins grow awesome here, but the risk of flooding all summer and a late planting creates a bit of a gamble.  So the full sun wiffle ball field it is.

Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.

At night it is quite gorgeous with the light reflecting off the water.

Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.

I swear the frogs are out too.  Last night it sounded like a swamp with all the different nocturnal animals.

Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 30, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.
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My World Is A Flood: April 29

 

Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.

Looks like the water rose a bit overnight (Sunday night to Monday morning).  The marker in front of the  dead tree shows the yard is under about 3-feet of water.

Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.

This week I am scheduled to be at Concordia, NDSU, MSUM and Jamestown college on business, so the water level photos should be quite noticeable if the water levels reach near what the flood experts are stating.

Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 29, 2013, around 7 a.m.

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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My World Is A Flood: April 28

Sunday April 28 was an interesting day in flood world.   The Red River at Fargo was at 27.03 feet as of 7:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the Forum of Fargo Moorhead. The crest  is expected sometime “during the middle of the week,” and is now “officially” going to be between 37 and 39 feet.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.

Not sure if you can see the 8-foot marker on the fence post.  It is in the middle of the fence line in front of the distinguishable dead tree.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.

The next set of photos you can see the movement of the day.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The flood waters receded!  We crested!  Oh wait, 12-hours later, the water came back.   The  overland flooding in my neighbor’s field (in yesterday’s photos) is all but gone.  The drought stricken earth just soaked up that water overnight.    I imagine it will be back tomorrow as the water continues to rise and that giant sponge of a field saturates up.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.

This should be an interesting couple of days watching the water rise four-to-five feet a day submerging the duck house tree.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7 a.m.

This year has been an interesting flood year.  And I use the word “interesting” in its literal sense.  There are many unknowns in this year’s flood, as evident by the communication and behavior relating to the dissemination of information.

Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.
Photo taken April 28, 2013, around 7:30 p.m.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the public officials and leaders seem to be more confused this year than in the past, including 2009.  The Forum even alluded to that in today’s (Sunday’s) edition – “Uncertainty over future precipitation and the rate of snowmelt infiltration had the weather service offering crest ranges instead of a single crest figure at most river points.”

And continued,”Friday’s crest forecast of 37 to 39 feet was the first official deterministic crest prediction for Fargo from the weather service, which earlier in the week forecast a crest of 38 to 40 feet. Both forecasts were far below the weather service’s probability-based prediction April 16, which gave this spring’s flood a 40 percent chance of topping 2009’s record of 40.84 feet.”

Confused yet?  Me too.

There are a couple of pieces of information I have been looking for during the flood preparation briefings, but have not heard yet.

How does last year’s drought effect the flood forecast?  Is there any impact with ground saturation?

I usually hear about a percentage of rain or precipitation in the forecast, but have never heard anything about wind.  This weekend was pretty warm and the wind was gusty at times.  Two elements of evaporation.

My guess is those are not factors in determining a flood forecast.  Here it comes, four-to-five feet of rising water for two straight days.

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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My World Is A Flood: April 27

 

Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.

What a beautiful Saturday, the snow is melting and the fields are starting to see water.

Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.

I added a couple 8-foot markers.  One is nailed to the east fence and the other is nailed to an oak tree near the house.  It doesn’t measure the river level, just how much of the backyard is underwater.

Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 a.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around noon.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 6 p.m.

I heard on one of the local radio stations that the river may rise as much as 5-feet a day next week.   Hopefully these markers will help follow the river’s rise.

Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 2 p.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 2 p.m.

The Trollwood bridge is now closed.  The water is right up next to the road, will more than likely be flooded over Sunday.  With University Avenue closed north of the airport and now Broadway closed, 10th Street is going to be busy come Monday morning.

Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 2 p.m.
Photo taken April 27, 2013, around 2 p.m.

Neighbor’s field underwater on 80th Avenue in north Moorhead.

Muskrat sighting!  Oh wait, it’s a Murphy Muskrat.

Sir Charles Murphy swimming around in the backyard flood.  Photo taken April 27, 2013.
Sir Charles Murphy, a.k.a. Murphy, swimming around in the backyard flood. Photo taken April 27, 2013.
 Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.
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My World Is A Flood: April 26

Returned home from Minot late Thursday night, woke up to sounds of ducks, blue jays, geese, and the sight of this…

Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.
Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.

I noticed in Fargo, the National Guard is stationed near the river or “hot-spots” with military vehicles.   I guess we are in Emergency or Crisis Stage of the flood.  Police-siren escorts of sandbags, the National Guard stationed about and a drive to have a surplus of a million sandbags.  Police do not use their sirens unless of emergency, the National Guard is  ”Last in, Last out,” and the city leaders are the experts and authorities in flood management.    It is almost like the public leaders found that special cheat code for Sim City and have unlimited dollars.  Or do the National Guard and public officials volunteer?  Or is the high school kids and tax payers who volunteer, I forget.  Maybe I will go ask that little boy in the corner shouting the word wolf…

Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.
Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.

The fence is starting to disappear.  Now is when it becomes difficult with the dogs.  They love the water, the birds and staying in the water when I call them in.  So now I have to juggle quite a few variables letting the dogs out.  Ice, snow, water, temperature, swimming, time I want to spent outside with the dogs, whether the dogs will chase an animal for miles, if they are wet and can not come in and can not be outside because it is freezing….yeah, letting the dogs outside to pee just became a challenge.   Let the games begin…

Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.
Photo taken April 26, 2013, around 7:30 a.m.
Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.
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My World Is A Flood: April 25

 

Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.

As the water rises, I am in Minot, ND, for the Bakken Investor Conference, so the Lovely Lori has taken a few snapshots to monitor our flood progress.

 

Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.

The water has risen quite a bit in a day.  New flood forecast issued today, they are looking at “somewhere between 38-40 feet next Thursday, which still leaves us in the somewhat danger zone.  Basically it comes down to whether it will rain or not in the next week.

Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 25, 2013, around 5 p.m.

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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My World Is A Flood: April 24

The latest forecast is calling for 30-something feet next week, Monday to be precise.  Then I heard later in the day they have changed that too.  So I am not totally sure what is happening with the prediction.  The data changes hourly now and the press conferences are moved and sudden.  This year there seems to be much more confusion by the leaders than in previous years.  Thankfully, our family doesn’t worry about much until we hear 40+ feet for a crest.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The ducks have taken the place of the rooster this morning with their morning call.  Yes, the ducks came back this morning to hang out with the pair of geese who have set up shop in the coulee.  Not sure if the ducks will or not.  Last year we had geese, ducks and a turkey build a home on our property.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The air temperature is still cold enough to see your breath, always a good sign on April 24.  I heard someone at Hornbacher’s yesterday trying out this little ditty, “April showers bring May snow blowers.”  That “instant classic” was followed by the polite “yucking it up” that only two portly men can deliver.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

I am heading out to oil country the next few days for the Bakken Investor’s Conference.  So the photos will be in someone else’s hands.  Had a couple of meetings lined up in Dickinson this weekend, but looks like monitoring the flood will cause for a change of those plans.  I would use the word rain check,  but I wouldn’t want to invite the thought.   Anyone curious about the oil patch, here is the link to the Bakken conference www.bakkensummit.com.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and then-Governor John Hoeven work the flood of 2010.    Photo taken by Kevin Tobosa during flood coverage for the media.
Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and then-Governor John Hoeven work the flood of 2010. Photo taken by Kevin Tobosa during flood coverage for the media.

I can remember back in 2009 when the record flood surprised every leader in the area.  So much so FEMA wanted a city evacuation,  law enforcement became involved with escorts, the mayor asked everyone to stay inside while the flood fight went on and people were legitimately worried about water breaking loose across the city.   Is that what is happening this year?  On one hand the leaders are laughing and making jokes during the press conferences and on  the other hand, the police are blaring their sirens up and down the streets of the city.  Is Fargo in imminent danger?   Is the flood rising that fast?  Or are the theatrics getting a little over the top or at the very least sending mixed signals?  Since 2009, we have gone from personalized florescent safety vests to  and police-escorted sandbag delivery for a spring flood.

And it is snowing as I type…

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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My World Is A Flood: April 23

A dozen ducks came by today.  I went inside to get my iPad in order to take a photo, but the minute I came into sight, they all took off.  I always feel bad crashing a party like that.  Those ducks we having a blast, then ol’ curious me comes along and kills their buzz.  Oh well, I am sure they will be back.

Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.

 

Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.
Photo taken April 23, 2013, around 5 p.m.

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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