Thursday, February 06, 2014

Osage River Levels Fluctuate Wildly

Update:  This post has generated a lot of interest.  A more in depth analysis of the event is here.

The cold temperatures are creating energy demands and Ameren UE is making hay while the sun shines generating power at Bagnell Dam.  While deepening the annual draw down on the lake, river levels below the dam have peaked and crested over ten feet at least five times since midnight February 4th, 2014.  I've kayaked this river from Bagnell Dam, ten feet is a dramatic difference on riverside property in some areas.  Changes this deep, this rapidly are difficult to imagine.

Ameren Data

Discharge rates provided by the US Geological Service confirms power generation.