Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds warns that snowmelt and spring rains will likely exacerbate the severe flooding already swamping much of the Midwest.
“We’re in for the long haul. We’re just getting started,” said Reynolds, who added that her tour of western Iowa this week had revealed unprecedented flooding. “It looked like an ocean.”
In neighboring Nebraska, 88 cities and 74 counties have issued emergency declarations. Vice President Mike Pence visited the state Tuesday and promised expedited recovery help through a federal disaster declaration. The flooding is estimated to cost at least $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone.
The current round of flooding, triggered by last week’s brutal “bomb cyclone” storm, was expected to persist across several states into next week. Add to that monster snowmelt and El Nino conditions and you’ve got a recipe for further disaster, potentially lasting all spring.
At least 91 percent of the upper Midwest and Great Plains is snow covered to an average depth of 10.7 inches, according to the U.S. National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, and as the thaw sets in all of that water has to go somewhere.
We can expect dramatic drops in food production as a result.
Welcome to the next Grand Solar Minimum — Record Precipitation, Cold + Cosmic Ray Flux.
GSM + Pole Shift