Rain... what's the official total so far?
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+380) 11 years ago
I've known it to rain in Montana before, especially this time of year, but according to what I've heard you have to be closing in on some pretty old records for rainfall this month yes??

I have been checking the Miles Cam occasionally to see if it's still raining and it seems to be like Energizer Bunny rain clouds. It did look like the street dance last night had gotten a temporary reprieve though I don't know for how long. Looked like there was at least a decent crowd downtown, though I'm betting space inside the bars was the width of a frog's hair.

Feeling for my sis as they've tried and tried to get their basement water-tight over on Butler St. and thought they had it licked until this lastest deluge of water. I'm thinking it was a long night of hauling tank after tank of shop-vac'd water out of the basement bedrooms. Last I heard, she had mentioned an Ark but I don't know if those plans are still in the works or if she's teamed up with others who might have already started one.
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Posted by gypsykim (+1562) 11 years ago
According to weather.com, we've had 5.99 inches so far this month.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 11 years ago
Don't know about Miles City but at Knowlton we got close to 5 inches last week and my rain gauge is currently on 4.3" and counting for this week. Is everything flooding out at Kircher again? It's a world of mud around here and we're on pretty high ground.
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Posted by mitzi (+182) 11 years ago
Yes kircher Is Flooding...there is water Every where there..water across a lotta the roads out there...it is berry icky..
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
Can anyone post photos of the Yellowstone right now? It'd be nice to see how high it is.
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Posted by DHinPH (+106) 11 years ago
My total for this storm as of 6:00pm is 5.01". CoCoRaHS station MT-CS1 9 miles east of Miles City top of Government Hill. Total so far for the month of May 8.78" this is not counting today's .98"(so far).
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Posted by Lisa McRae (+33) 11 years ago
Here are some pictures of the Tongue River taken in the afternoon of 5/21/11. Hopefully this works. Never posted pics before.




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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
Great pics, Lisa. Thanks.
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Posted by C.Kee (+371) 11 years ago
Thanks for the pics; very clear!
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Posted by BigDryBug (+58) 11 years ago
I had 4.05 total for last week, 4.25 so far for this week. Dave
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Posted by DHinPH (+106) 11 years ago
5.86" since Tuesday afternoon, in the Pine Hills.
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Posted by DHinPH (+106) 11 years ago
Here is the precipitation report for month of May, downloaded from the CoCoRaS site. I'm pretty sure I saw some salmon making a spawning run up my driveway.

Stations:
MT-CS-1
Miles City 8.7 E
Lat: 46.3913
Lon: -105.6575

Station MT-CS-1
Date Precip
05/01/2011 0.00
05/02/2011 0.06
05/03/2011 0.00
05/04/2011 0.00
05/05/2011 0.03
05/06/2011 0.00
05/07/2011 0.00
05/08/2011 T
05/09/2011 0.57
05/10/2011 2.64
05/11/2011 1.14
05/12/2011 0.00
05/13/2011 0.00
05/14/2011 0.00
05/15/2011 0.00
05/16/2011 0.00
05/17/2011 T
05/18/2011 0.52
05/19/2011 0.31
05/20/2011 1.76
05/21/2011 1.75
05/22/2011 1.52
Totals : 10.30
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Posted by Joe Whalen (+619) 11 years ago
This should give you a fairly accurate picture of the Yellowstone in Miles City, though it's not as pretty as a photograph. I say "fairly" accurate because a similar hydrograph of the Tongue River posted by NWS on Friday a.m. showed it cresting several feet lower than actual. As you can see, there's plenty of lag between a storm event and impact on the Yellowstone River in Miles City.



As a final note, I'm pleased to report that the stimulus dollars from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act that the city applied to storm drainage projects appears to have paid off. The Tongue River slough, which drains much of our runoff, has stayed within its banks and remains full and moving. The underpass on Main St. also has remained clear through this entire event. There's still much work to be done but the elephant has been feeling our bite.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1279) 11 years ago
Dave's pics of the Tongue in the MC Flickr group show great shots of the river. Definately highest I've ever seen it. Wish I could see it in person! Nice shots Dave!
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Posted by David Schott (+17521) 11 years ago
Mark Wiedeman gets credit for the photos. I just take the time to get them posted on Flickr so everyone can see.

http://www.flickr.com/pho...776162842/
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Posted by Kacey (+3154) 11 years ago
Any idea how the Tongue River dam is holding up?
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15082) 11 years ago
Not sure about the dam but there is 3 ft of fresh powder in the Big Horns on top of several feet of snow that is yet to melt. All of the creeks north of Sheridan are overflowing and the highway from the MT border through Decker to Busby was closed this morning, as was I-90 from Ranchester to Hardin.
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Posted by Kacey (+3154) 11 years ago
It seems to me that the dam has been questionable for as long as I can remember. The snowpack sounds massive...hope it holds ok.
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Posted by David Schott (+17521) 11 years ago
They rebuilt a portion of the Tongue River Dam some time ago (mid 90's?) I thought in an effort to address concerns about the safety of the dam. I don't think failure of the dam is as big a concern as it used to be?

EDIT: The repair was apparently part of the "Tongue River Basin Project". Here's a link to a project page from the firm that did the design work:

http://www.sehinc.com/por...ounty-mont

"The 60-year-old Tongue River dam experienced a large flood in 1978 during which the existing spillway was severely damaged and nearly overtopped. This near failure and increased storage requirements from a recent water rights compact settlement spurred a major design and construction effort to implement dam safety rehabilitation and reservoir enlargement measures."

[This message has been edited by David Schott (5/22/2011)]
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Posted by atomicg (+1010) 11 years ago
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Posted by atomicg (+1010) 11 years ago


[This message has been edited by atomicg (5/22/2011)]
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Posted by atomicg (+1010) 11 years ago
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15082) 11 years ago
Hmm... I wonder what "Mr. Chemtrails" has to say about all of this rainwater.
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Posted by BigDryBug (+58) 11 years ago
4.65 total since Wednesday in my gauge just northwest of town.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 11 years ago
Desertification!
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Posted by J. Dyba (+1345) 11 years ago
The underpass has stayed clear through this deluge? That is what is the most impressive thing to me in all of this!
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Posted by tanner casillas (+53) 11 years ago
anyone now what foot level the rivers ar i heard the tounge was 17 and rising
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Posted by Matt Smith (+789) 11 years ago
This may help to check River Levels.

http://billingsgazette.co...verlevels/
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Posted by mule train (+1050) 11 years ago
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 11 years ago
The underpass has stayed clear through this deluge? That is what is the most impressive thing to me in all of this!


This surprised me too. I was in town on Saturday and went over there just to see how flooded it was and was very surprised to see cars driving through it. Did they improve the drainage on it somehow?
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6172) 11 years ago
Yes, they had some kind of federal or state funding to improve the drainage. A few years back I think the library actually was flooded due to the underpass blockage.
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Posted by lazytl (+3) 11 years ago
I have kept detailed records since May 9th through yesterday (May 24th) and our total here at the ranch, located four miles north of the weather station at the airport is an exact 9.0 inches.

John
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17732) 11 years ago
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Posted by Lisa McRae (+33) 11 years ago
Where was this taken? Is this the fishing access?
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Posted by Mandyrosy (+196) 11 years ago
Looks like Roche Jaune fishing access site to me, with the Seventh Street bridge in the background.
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