Visible Satellite Photo Shows Flooding

On Monday April 6th the skies across the Red River Valley were almost perfectly clear. This allowed forecasters with the NWS to have an unobstructed view of the overall Valley and Lakes region, particularly the extent of the areal flooding. Below are visible satellite photographs from the NOAA Geosynchronous Observation Environment Satellite (GOES) platform. The white areas are all snow, with the darker areas representing the overland flooding. Please note the forested areas to the east also have snow on the ground, but the larger number of trees appear dark in comparison.

Your NOAA's National Weather Service advises residents of the Red River Valley to pay close attention to the river forecasts through the week, as warmer weather will again initiate the snow melt, causing area rivers to rise.

This is a visible satellite photograph from the NOAA GOES taken around 10am Monday April 6th 2009.

 

A close up of the northern Red River Valley. Picture from Monday April 6th 2009. The blue dashed lines represent the approximate location of the primary river channels.

A close up of the southern Red River Valley. Picture from Monday April 6th 2009. The blue dashed lines represent the approximate location of the primary river channels.

A close up of the Devils Lake and Sheyenne River Valley. Picture from Monday April 6th 2009. The blue dashed lines represent the approximate location of the primary river channels. Devils Lake and Stump Lakes are ice covered and plainly visible in the above photograph.



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