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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Most beautiful hydrograph in years March 20, 2012

Posted by mareserinitatis in Fargo, geology, science.
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Only 39.5 feet April 7, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in Fargo.
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The news, before we had some rainshowers this morning, was that the Red may only hit 39.5 feet when it crests.


This could be the third highest crest in over a century, and we’re all relieved that it’s not going to be first…even though, in reality, they’re saying it could be up to 41 feet, which would put it in first place.

I was driving around yesterday, and the river is flooded pretty badly.  I saw someone’s chicken coop mostly underwater, and there are a lot of houses that look like they’re in danger.  At that point, it was at 32 feet, so it still has about 7 feet to go.  Now it’s up to 35 feet, 12 hours later.

In the meantime, someone took a video of the Oak Grove campus today.  Oak Grove suffered damage in ’97 and added a permanent diking system around the school.  A couple years ago, during the record flood, there was a problem and the diking system failed.  Let’s hope it holds out this year.  The video was taken was the water was still four feet below the crest:

Because I really don’t have time for a proper post March 29, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in education, engineerblogs.org, Fargo, pets, teaching.
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I have lots of thoughts, but no time and am in need of sleep. Therefore, enjoy the following bullet points.

• Head over to EngineerBlogs.org and check out the theme for the week: networking.

• During my commute and exercise, I’ve been listening to the book Brain Rules. I honestly believe everyone who is a teacher of any age group ought to read this book. In particular, some of you know that we recently moved the younger boy to a new school. A major problem that we were trying to make clear is that removing recess from his schedule if he failed to complete an assignment was NOT a good way to handle the problem and may, in fact, be counter productive. The book vindicates my stance on this. I will probably write out more once I’ve finished the book.

• I discovered today that it is possible to be productive and have several meetings in a single day. Color me stunned.

• Three more days before Gigadog arrives.

• I’ve discovered that playing violin soon after one gets braces is really not pleasant. My teeth aren’t too happy with my right now.

• The Red River hit flood stage today. Wish us luck. I’m drawing up plans for an ark. If you’d like to see current levels and predictions, you can look here: http://bit.ly/f9qR1q

• The schedule is more hectic than usual this week, but normal posting should return around the weekend. I’ll try to post something, but if not, you know what’s going on. Thanks for hanging in there.


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