Drought to Flood!

By: nobyter , 1:53 PM GMT on August 15, 2011

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Okay, on Saturday, August 13th, I was walking on the river (not getting wet)hunting unusual rocks. I was yelling at the dog to stay out of stagnate pools of water that didn't look healthy. I've seen the river worse in 10 years, but it was starting to worry me. I wish I took before pictures... Then we got over 2 inches of rain and they got a lot more up river over Saturday night and this is what I saw when I went out with the dog...

The first picture is the second round on Sunday night that produced another inch, but thankfully, up river they didn't get much rain.

The second picture is the picnic area next to the Rockfish River. It WAS a 10 foot journey down the bank to the river...

2nd Round of rain (nobyter)
This was the second round of rain the night after the river went over bank.
2nd Round of rain
Rockfish River Hollow Flood (nobyter)
This is my "picnic" area after the river subsided a foot or more.
Rockfish River Hollow Flood

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2. nobyter
2:11 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
I do really want to put a guage that shows the levels of Camille, Isabelle, and other floods, so people can see the contrast. I don't know if I could find a pole long enough (it would be at least 50 feet).

There is a homemade one on the trestle probably painted on by kayakers. It only can be seen from the other side of the river. I have been thinking about an electronic wireless one that could be posted on a web page.

I know they have one on the upper Rockfish (Greenfield, Va), but not another on the lower part. I would love to host one for USGS. I really need one that I can see from the house as I have been surprized a couple of times and other times I have ventured out at night with a flashlight to find how much closer I am to the river's edge...
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1. ShenValleyFlyFish
1:04 AM GMT on August 16, 2011
Rockfish can be a dangerous river, as you well know. I can't remember, do you have some sort of river level gage rigged up? Would be interesting if wUground were to include a river level feature for home stations located close to streams.
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Rockfish Depot
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Elevation: 489 ft
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Rockfish Depot
Rockfish, VA
Elevation: 489 ft
Temperature: 51.4 °F
Dew Point: 39.7 °F
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 1.0 mph from the NE
Wind Gust: 6.0 mph
Updated: 11:52 AM EDT on April 18, 2014

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