A forecast update provided by our colleagues from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) is here.

Highlights from today’s update are reproduced below (listed in bold):

All locations on the lower Mississippi River have fallen below flood stage now.

Heavy rain over the Missouri and middle Mississippi Rivers will generate another rise on the Mississippi River above the junction with the Ohio River.  Cape Girardeau, MO on the middle Mississippi River is expected to crest at 30.0ft during the middle of next week.  This crest is several feet below flood stage.

Since the lower Ohio River is currently at low flow conditions, the rise from the middle Mississippi River will generate rises of a few feet at Cairo, IL.  The minor rises will continue downstream over the next couple of weeks and slowly dissipate as it reaches the lower end of the Mississippi River 

The 16 day future rainfall guidance also shows a minor rise on the lower Ohio River for the middle of next week and dampens the falls through the second and third week of June. 

The highest stage of 2021 to date on the Carrollton Gauge at New Orleans was a crest recorded of 15.44 feet at 1700 hours on April 16, 2021.

The Carrollton Gauge stage at 1200 hours today was 11.20 feet with a 24-hour change of – 0.06 feet.

Long range forecasts issued today for the Carrollton Gauge indicate a slow fall down to 8.4 feet on June 24, 2021.

Please review the linked attachment for complete details as distributed by NOAA’s Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.