A forecast update provided today by our colleagues from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) is here. The reading at the Carrollton Gage (New Orleans) at 1100 hours today was 12.24 feet with a change over the last 24-hours of + 0.05 feet. The long-range forecasts indicate a slow somewhat erratic fall down to 9.7 on June 22, 2022 feet. The highest crest in 2022 to date on the Carrollton Gage was 13.82 feet which occurred on March 22 at 2100 hours.
The following details are reproduced from the attached report:
“New Orleans, LA on the lower Mississippi River is cresting now and slow falls are expected over the next several days.
Minor rises are occurring on the lower Ohio River and crests should occur over the next couple of days. Crest levels will be well below flood levels.
As rises from lower Ohio River move downstream on the lower Mississippi River, the rises will slowly dampen as they approach the confluence with the Arkansas River.
Minor flooding continues at Red River Landing, LA and it is forecast to fall below flood stage this weekend.
The 16 day future rainfall guidance shows slightly higher levels from the official forecast on the lower Ohio and lower Mississippi Rivers. After this weekend, the guidance is showing no locations being in flood for the lower Mississippi River.”