NOAA Warns Of Widespread Upcoming Flooding, Cautions 2011 Could Rival Great Flood Of 1993

Tyler Durden's picture

Don't sell those corn futures just yet. Despite last week's surprising announcement by the USDA that there has been much more expansive planting of corn, and other crops, than expected, which in turn set the price of corn tumbling by the most in years, one thing the USDA did not specify is whether said plantings are currently underwater. And if not now, how about in a week or two. Because according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the floods America has experienced so far are nothing compared to what may be coming. "Many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains remain above flood stage, and the threat for more flooding will continue through the summer, forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service said today. With rivers running high and soils completely saturated, just a small amount of rain could trigger more flooding, including areas that have already seen major to record flooding. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal rain in most of these vulnerable areas in the next two weeks, and above-normal rainfall in much of the region in the one- and three-month outlooks. Adding to the flood threat will be the rising temperatures over the Rockies, which will release the water from the remaining snowpack. “The sponge is fully saturated – there is nowhere for any additional water to go,” said Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “While unusual for this time of year, all signs point to the flood threat continuing through summer. Forecasters say this season could rival the Great Flood of 1993, when the upper Midwest endured persistent, record-breaking floods from April through August, impacting nine states and causing more than $25 billion in damages (adjusted for inflation)." If indeed this occurs, look for corn, and other softs, to surge to few all time highs, just in time for the much anticipated collapse in food prices to never happen.

The NOAA qualifies the highest flood risk areas as follows:

  • North Central U.S. including Souris River (North Dakota) and
    Red River of the North (border of North Dakota and Minnesota),
    Minnesota River (Minnesota), Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota and
    Iowa), and Des Moines River (Iowa)
  • Lower Missouri River from Gavin’s Point (Nebraska and South
    Dakota border) downstream along the border of Nebraska and Iowa,
    continuing through the borders of Kansas and Missouri then through
    Missouri to the Mississippi River
  • Tributaries to the Lower Missouri including the James and Big Sioux Rivers in North Dakota
  • Lower Ohio River Valley including the White, Wabash and lower Ohio River
  • East of Rockies: North Platte River in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and Yellowstone River in Wyoming and Montana
  • West of Rockies: Utah and Colorado

In other words, virtually all. Expect to see a corn upgrade from Goldman as soon as the firm has completed accumulating its own warehouses


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cossack55's picture

Underwater Bitchezzz!!!

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Underwater, indeed.  I remember the floods of 1993.  I was doing a lot of traveling in southern and western Minnesota.  It was just unbelievable to see mile after mile of farm fields that looked like lakes.  It persisted for weeks.  At one point we actually saw some farmer trying to dry his field using some burning technique.  I don't know if that worked.  The people were distraught but they kept their heads up.  It was no New Orleans scene.  They still helped each other the best they could.  Maybe there were some extra government subsidies.  I don't know.  But it sure was sad to see all the devastation.

I got out of the subway today at City Hall.  I think there was an assault taking place.  It had just taken place.  Something wrong had definitely happened.  Of course there were dozens of NYPD vehicles around and not a cop in sight.  I guess they were keeping the world safe by checking bags.  God love 'em.  I sure hope I don't have to count on them if / when TSHTF.



Chuck Walla's picture

It was an extraordinary time, a lot of bridges were wiped out. And crops. I see  a lot of water in ditches these days. Those ditches should look dry, maybe a trickle in the bottom, barely. The rivers are higher than usual for mid-Summer, too.


Know who does best at grain futures? Weathermen. The trading is driven by weather and who knows the coming patterns better?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It will all be over in 40 days and 40 nights.

I promise.

Oh regional Indian's picture

More like AGE OF AQUARIUS beaches.

It's upon us. Biblically. Increasing theme, world over, this monsoon.... flooding...


Sudden Debt's picture

I'd say go long timber!!

Looks like there's plenty of bible freaks who will be rebuilding Noah's ark in their back yard!



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2 blondes = Check

2 brunettes = Check


Gold Man-Sacks's picture

Who are you?  Mitt Romney???

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...not the way it goes down this time, you shall see. Laugh now Bitchez but, ''as in the Days of Noah'' is the image of this last generation. Everything in the Bible is coming to pass. Just wait for the prophetic false peace with Israel and all the nations, if you still have doubt about how much time this last generation has left. 

Just get yourself set in order and in agreement with the sustaining offer ...or perish as you will. 

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Every person that has predicted the end of the world has been wrong.  Most of the people I know that count themselves righteous would make the Wall Street guys seem like decent human beings. 

There has never been a generation of humans that didn't have a ton of stuff that they could have said signified the end was near.  So, have a few beers and lighten up, Francis.

dcb's picture

dude, the end is very near. you are just using your human sense of time, by using a galactic scale. poof you are gone (humans that is). you mortals are so egocentric.

mayhem_korner's picture

The Bible does not predict the end of the simply identifies the prevailing circumstances of that time. 

ZakuKommander's picture

Ah, the Bible.  Starts out with a talking snake, ends with a four-headed monster.  Non-fiction at its best.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

I like the story about the guy living in the whale but had to move out because the whale was being converted to condos. 

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...risen from the dust or swallowed by a Whale, your shits still in the wind troop. Back to the black hole for you huh? ...and how did you rise from nothing again? Oh yeah, you don't know and revelation is still a choice for you, as you claim dominion based on ''nothing''. Pathetic. Wise up, learn the parable of the Fig Tree and enjoy theleaves bitchez.

mayhem_korner's picture

Your reference is to Jonah, and there is no mention of a whale.  Just like there is no mention of an apple in the Garden of Eden, no mention of there being three wise men, no mention of Mary's mother, nor a bunch of other secular add-ons.

So, if you have been misled about something so supposedly universal as Jonah being in a whale, or that there were three wise men, what other truth might be revealed to you if you would pick up the Bible and READ IT?

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...uh, news for you Sunshine, that is no snake, that is Lucifer. Get it right.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

Surely, you are praying to Allah.  Either that or you are going to hell.  Just ask any Muslim before they kill you for being an infidel, at God's insistence. 

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...allah, what a pathetic weak moronic name for a god that has no son. The image of mohammad man offers no mercy. What a joke. Poor bastards still throwing rocks and kissing some Kabba Stone meteorite. This is surely their world.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

It really comes down to nothing more than the children of light or of darkness. It is that simple. Do strive for the light or seek darkness? Are your thoughts about helping things to live or seeking death? It is a simple choice. I choose the light. Many thoughful and kind people have been taught that only death brings paradise. Life is paradise.

mayhem_korner's picture

Ah, the Bible.  Starts out with a talking snake, ends with a four-headed monster.  Non-fiction at its best.

The most criticized compendium of books that have never been read by their critics.  Misplaced cites, BTW.

monoloco's picture

Will we be able to keep our pm's when we are raptured?

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...well, if you wish to know, just do a Bible search and you will find out. Type in something about ''gold'' and ''will not save them'' or something. 

MRE's and a nice view of the storm Bitchez. Just wait, you will see in the coming months a ''sudden'' ''change'' or Rahm Co. ''crisis'' that will not go to waste. You still need some short term gain, buy smart city Agenda 21 RFID related security stocks. Talk about a no brain'r.

mayhem_korner's picture

Instead of doing a Bible search, just read it. 

hamurobby's picture

Well Im bringing mine, since I really do own the road.

SheepDog-One's picture

Corn kernels in the ground is not harvested bushels.

kadriana123's picture

I don't know about other parts of the country but around here, corn was late in the ground and it looks bad.

Agent P's picture

Late in the ground here (Illinois corn country) as well, but has recovered nicely (head high in most fields).

Hephasteus's picture

Good news. Too bad it's screwed up every place else. We'll know more end of the month but this stupid news and information pricing plays are just too much weird.

LudwigVon's picture

Bought a shit ton of DAG. Wheat, CRON and Soya no-acres are all chillin.

AmazingLarry's picture

Just drove through mid Minnesota corn country over the weekend. Beautiful knee-high green tops as far as the eye can see. We've had generous rainfall, but the Mississip is not in danger from ruining any of it as far as I can tell. I can smell the E85 fumes and taste the HFCS and it's only the beginng of July. 


Gene Parmesan's picture

and aquatic, venomous snakes

Camtender's picture

Begs the question, historically, how correct has NOAA's predictions been?

Cheesy Bastard's picture

This is the third consecutive year with the same prediction of moderate to major flooding in those areas.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

shit , I wanna get me a job there, one them gubbmint paychecks, with bennie's...... I can sit right here and tell everybody, from my 5-year-old laptop, that every fuckin' year there is moderate to major flooding

BusyBody's picture

My brother is plugged into the US ag community and was very surprised by the crop report last week.  Because the planting of corn was so late in the Midwest, it is not as mature as it needs to be this time of the year, i.e. knee high by the 4th of July.  The danger is that the corn crop will freeze this fall before it matures.  "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

WestVillageIdiot's picture

You ZH'ers already have this one figured out.  It is Clarence Beeks and those damn Duke Brothers that are behind that crop report.  I saw them at Delmonico's a little while ago sipping on martinis with a harem of hookers.  Life is good when the game is fixed and you're the guys doing the fixing.

BusyBody's picture

My brother is plugged into the US ag community and was very surprised by the crop report last week.  Because the planting of corn was so late in the Midwest, it is not as mature as it needs to be this time of the year, i.e. knee high by the 4th of July.  The danger is that the corn crop will freeze this fall before it matures.  "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Not only that, but here in Texas I drove by a ton of corn fields this weekend that were completely dead from the drought conditions.  Knee-high but brown and wilted.

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Go long bass fishing boats, plastic furniture and SURVIVABALLS!!



andybev01's picture

If you eat enough burritos you won't need to recharge via farm animals!

Rockfish's picture

Ive seen those and I hear GS is underwriting IPO