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PHOTO GALLERY: Sunday rain, melting snow combine for muddy conditions in Columbia

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 4:54 p.m. CDT; updated 6:43 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 10, 2013
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs in St. Louis, Columbia received 0.83 inches of rain through Sunday afternoon. The rain was added to approximately 2 inches of runoff from melting snow.

COLUMBIA — According to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs in St. Louis, Columbia received 0.83 inches of rain through Sunday afternoon.

The rain was in addition to about 2 inches of runoff from melting snow.


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Michael Williams March 10, 2013 | 9:05 p.m.

Several times now I've read where the recent snow was worth only ca. 2" of rain.

I simply don't believe it.

Summed up, the 0.83" of rain plus 2" of snow-turned-into-water equals 2.83".

Does anyone reading this believe creeks/rivers hereabouts that WERE near all-time lows but are now overflowing their banks is ALL because of a 2.83" equivalent rain?

Not me. I've seen more rain than that over similar time periods that didn't even get close to creek/river levels we have now....on surface soils as saturated as what we have now.

There were far more rain equivalents in that snow than is being reported and to convince me otherwise will take some serious 'splainin.

Good news is this: Rising waterway levels raises the hydrostatic pressure of surrounding soils....less subsoil water migrating horizontally towards streams and more water migrating down into dry soils.

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