Downpours

July 8, 2019

BW photograph of turbulence caused by floodwaters flowing over rocks.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Today has been the opposite of the weather described in the previous post.  There have been several downpours, and one local station reported that 3+ inches of rain fell in the Washington, D.C. area leading to localized flooding.  Flash flood warnings were issued and motorists were advised to not drive through standing water.

BW photograph of turbulence caused by floodwaters flowing over rocks and around trees.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

These photographs were made during a brief respite from the rain and show Morgan Run, which once again had far exceeded its banks.  Under normal conditions, the water does move along, but not anything remotely like this.  Both the volume and the force of this water evidenced the rationale behind not driving through such flows.  (As an aside, the road takes an overpass to cross Morgan Run, so that would not be an issue here.)  The turbulence in the lead photos was caused by the floodwaters colliding with the very large rocks that are usually highly visible and protrude from the water enough to be quite walkable.

BW photograph of a lone tree partially submerged by floodwaters.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

BW photograph of three trees partially submerged by floodwaters.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The trees that line the bank have had their roots prominently exposed by previous floods-they have been documented in other posts.  As of this morning, all of those trees were still standing.  I plan to go back early tomorrow morning to check as it was again pouring while these photos were being edited and this post was being written.

This kind of weather event, extremely heavy, but relatively brief, downpours are in keeping with the predictions for this area as a result of climate change.  As such, it is expected that this will not be the last of flood photos from Morgan Run and other waterways this summer.

Take care.

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