This is what welcomed them:
Rain and rising rivers were the themes of the week, thanks in part to Tropical Storm Bill. The Illinois State Climatologist reports
While it is difficult to separate out the rainfall exclusively from Tropical Storm Bill, this radar-estimated rainfall image of the past 7 days shows the pattern. Areas in yellow and red received at least 3 inches of rainfall. The widespread areas in red south of Interstate 70 received in the neighborhood of 6 to 8 inches of rain.
June 2015 is the fifth wettest June…so far. Looks like we’re in for some more rain, too.
And of course, all of that rain has pushed the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers out of their banks.
Of course, we don’t need a river gauge to tell us it’s flooding!
Thankfully, the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers have crested and (hopefully!) will be returning to their banks very soon.
The flood(s) kept us from accessing the Golden Eagle site and the Juicy site late last week. We’re excavating Golden Eagle (eventually) this year. We’d planned to conduct geophysical surveys at the Juicy site, but those plans have been cancelled for now.
On Monday (June 15), all CAA programs visited Golden Eagle and Juicy for site tours.
On Tuesday (June 16), the High School Field School opened units at Golden Eagle. The crew did a great job getting the units set up and removing the plowzone.
Unfortunately, the rain kept us out of the site for most of the week. The flood took care of the rest of the week.
We did a lot of lab work last week, though we did manage to fit in a trip to the Dickson Mounds Museum. This week we’re going to do some fieldwork at the Gardens of Kampsville site until the receding floodwaters allow us return to Golden Eagle.
The ASU geophysics field crew started work surveying the grounds of the historic Kamp Family home.
The crew also painted survey ropes during rainy periods in anticipation of data collection and clear skies.
Despite everything, spirits remain high!
So, that’s the field season so far. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back into Golden Eagle next week and post some updates about our progress. We have units ready to go out there to investigate a segment of the embankment and some of the anomalies we detected during our geophysical survey in December 2013. We’ll have more about the site soon.
Also, stay tuned for an upcoming post about REU students’ activities.