National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Driven by months of drought and periods of extreme heat during the summer and fall months in 2022, very low to record low river stages developed along the Lower Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in our area. In October 2022, river stages on the Mississippi River from the Ohio-Mississippi River confluence at Cairo, IL, to Baton Rouge, LA, were so low that commercial activities such as barge traffic and riverboats were experiencing difficulty navigating portions of the river.

True color satellite imagery showing the change between July 14 and October 17, 2022, of the Lower Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from their confluence at Cairo, Ill., to the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Mo.
Source: Copernicus Sentinel 2. 
nws logo Media use of NWS Web News Stories is encouraged!
Please acknowledge the NWS as the source of any news information accessed from this site.
nws logo