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Paddling in the Amazon, or, err, Wheat Spring Branchazon

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Skillet on the Wading Bridge, Formerly, Walking Bridge, soon to be Bridgeless Bridge

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Wading Bridge

Wading Bridge

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge??

Walking Bridge??

Bridgeless Bridge

Bridgeless Bridge

Is She gonna Break? Why the River Floods later.

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Big Rain. Big Big Rain.

Apple Harvest, Barleyfield Orchard, Va

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Working at my Father’s orchard for the first time in several years this fall. Usually I drove a tractor, but this time I’m getting to know the pickers as I let them know (in broken Spanish) that there should be no bruises or rot on the apples in the bin. Good people, amazing fruit.

Photo: Amy Barley "Manuel"

Photo: Amy Barley
“Manuel”

A lovely Ida red.
Photo: Amy Barley

Photo: Amy Barley

Ida Reds- Photo Amy Barley

Ida Reds- Photo Amy Barley


Lorena

Lorena

The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Model is Cool: Here Comes the Flood

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Living on the Shenandoah River is made easier because of the superb Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Model. Based on a set of sensors up and down the river, the model predicts water height and flow. Having these data makes planning (and not panicking) much easier.

The flood is coming, but never fear.  It won't even reach the car bridge on the creek.

The flood is coming, but never fear. It won’t even reach the car bridge on the creek.

Spring Torrent

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Wheat Spring Branch down by the garden-ish. Empties into the Shenandoah river about 500 feet downstream.

Sandy Shenandoah

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Hurricane Sandy is bringing the creek up for a minor flood. Here is what the river looks like at around 9 feet (and rising).

The river is up to the top step of the stairs we usually take to go down to the river.

Top step to go.

And the suspension bridge over the creek is now a floating bridge.

Floating bridge.

Why are we not in a panic? Because NOAA knows where the river will peak, and they’re telling us. Science rocks.