As the Susquehanna River remains out of its banks in Pennsylvania, an area of England, on the Thames Gateway, west of Stratford on the Lower Lea Valley, experienced a massive flood in 1947. As noted in a previous column, the flood occurred after a week of heavy rain caused by a mid-March warm-up following a cold, snowy February. The event triggered the most catastrophic river flooding in the United Kingdom in 200 years. Weatherwise magazine suggests that a repeat event could occur in 2012. Researchers replicated the footprints of the ’47 event, suggesting that the Summer Olympics Games in England will be within a high-risk of flooding. By 2012, construction will be complete on 30,000 homes surrounding Olympic Park, an area experiencing a 1-in-100 year flooding event. Fastcast: Another record.
Sunny, with a high near 87 degrees. Calm wind. Tonight, mostly clear, with a low about 60 degrees. West wind around 5 mph.