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Record Setting Precipitation Summer 2015

Indianapolis received a total of 21.5 inches of rain between June and July (NWS).  In June the city received a total of 8.36 inches of rain making it the 7th wettest June on record (NWS).  The storms continued through July and unloaded another 13.14 inches of rain making it the wettest July in history in Indianapolis (NWS).  The average annual amount of rainfall for Indianapolis is approximately 42 inches.  The extreme amounts of rainfall provided opportunities to capture aerial photography while streams were out of their banks.  These type of images captured by aircraft are useful in helping defining flood margins.  The image above was captured during a flight in mid-July to assess flood damages in the Lower Wabash Valley.  Areas of inundation can be observed on both sides of the river.  Connecting the time of these images with the nearest USGS Stream Gaging Station can be helpful in defining inundation margins and identifying roads or infrastructure that can be impacted during flood events.

Jeremy is presenting The Future of Mapping Fluvial Erosion Hazards (FEH) at this years Indiana Assoication for Floodplain and Stormwater Managment (INASFM).  The theme of the conference is: Todays Vision, Tomorrows Reality.  Jeremy will be discussing the intergration of the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in  monitoring and mapping fluvial erosion hazards. 

Image Source: John Webber, 2015


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