Lingering Floods in Louisiana
acquired June 8, 2011 download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880)
Lingering Floods in Louisiana
acquired June 9, 2010 download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880)
acquired June 9, 2010 - June 8, 2011 download Google Earth file (KMZ)

Flood conditions lingered along parts of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in Louisiana in early June 2011. On June 9, 2011, the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service reported major flooding at Baton Rouge, and moderate flooding at Red River Landing and Morgan City.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured these images on June 8, 2011 (top), and June 9, 2010 (bottom). Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between water and land. Water in and around the Mississippi River is navy blue. Land varies in color from brown to green, depending on vegetation. Clouds vary from off-white to blue-green. In June 2011, high water is especially visible near Red River Landing, and in the Morganza Floodway.

On June 9, 2011, the AHPS reported that the Mississippi River reached 40.13 feet (12.23 meters) at 2:00 p.m. local time at Baton Rouge, and 57.97 feet (17.67 meters) at 1:00 p.m. at Red River Landing. The AHPS reported that the Atchafalaya River reached 8.74 feet (2.67 meters) at 2:00 p.m. at Morgan City. Water levels were projected to slowly decline at all three locations over the next few days.

In the 2010 image, the light color of the ocean water along the right edge of the image is probably part of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, highlighted by the Sun’s reflection on the ocean surface.

  1. References

  2. National Weather Service. Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. Accessed June 9, 2011.

NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

Terra - MODIS

Lingering Floods in Louisiana

Image Location
Image Location
More in this Event (view all)
Early Spring Floods in Indiana High Waters along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers Rising Waters on the Mississippi River Rising Waters on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers Rising Waters on the James River Retreating Snow and Advancing Water in the Upper Midwest Receding Snow Sets Stage for Floods near Fargo Spring Flooding in the Upper Midwest Rising Rivers in the U.S. Midwest Rising Waters along the Red River Spring Floods in Saskatchewan Spring Flooding in Manitoba Heavy Rain in Central United States Flooding along the Mississippi River Continued Flooding along the Mississippi Flooding along the James River, South Dakota Flooding in Wake of Levee Breach Spring Floods in the U.S. Midwest and Canada Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers Flooding at the Junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers Floods Spread South along the Mississippi River High Waters along the Mississippi River Floods Continue along the Mississippi River Flooding Continues along the Red River Flooding in Memphis Flooding in Arkansas Flooding reaches Vicksburg, Mississippi Morganza Floodway, 1973 Floodwaters near Natchez Rising Waters on the Lower Mississippi Morganza Spillway Opens in Louisiana Mississippi Floods in Arkansas and Tennessee Mississippi Floods in Missouri and Tennessee Flooding near New Madrid, Missouri Water in the Morganza Floodway Morganza Floodway after Five Days of Flow Mississippi Floods near Vicksburg Sediment Plume in Lake Pontchartrain Lingering Floods along the Mississippi River Lower Mississippi River Remains Swollen Waters Spread Across Floodway above Morgan City Lay of the Land Between Old River and the Mississippi Floodwaters Recede along Wabash and Ohio Rivers Floodwaters Retreat from Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway Morganza Floodway Lingering Floodwaters near Vicksburg, Mississippi Sediment from the Mississippi Floods Sediment in the Gulf of Mexico Floods Recede around the Wabash-Ohio Confluence