Breakdown: Why Mississippi River levels are elevated

Breakdown: Why Mississippi River levels are high

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Last year was a wet one for Memphis. In 2018, we received 64.15 inches of rain, putting us at 10.47 inches above average. While we didn’t break any records, it was enough to cause the river to rise.

It’s not just the rain here locally that causes the river to rise. The Mississippi watershed is the second largest drainage in which it drains all or parts of 32 states and two Canadian provinces behind the Hudson River. This means that rain that falls to our north and west will affect the levels.

The Mississippi River is the second longest river of the United States. It is 3,700 miles in length It is also the second largest drainage system behind the Hudson River. It mostly flows south for 2,320 miles into the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Mississippi River is the fourth longest river in the world!

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