You know how sometimes you overdo it at a party, but you don’t think it’s a big deal, until someone uploads pictures and you’re like “holy CRAP I looked like a hobo all night”? That’s probably how the Mississippi River feels right now. Sure, we all knew there was a drought and that the river was lower than normal, but jeez, Earth Observatory satellite, did you have to take photos and tag them? That’s just rude.
Here’s EO’s picture of the Mississippi last August, looking robust and healthy (and, in fact, unusually high to the point of overflowing):
And here’s the river today, looking like it just spent the night on the floor of the bathroom:
What’s the estuarial equivalent of “Faces of Meth”? Because this is that.
Mississippi river, NASA Earth Observatory.