Amazon River Water Level September 20th 2010

by Captain Bill

Amazon River water level September 20th 2010, just before the Great River Amazon Raft Race.

Amazon River Water Level September 20th 2010The charts are hard to read. The blue line is the record high, the green line is the average over the years, red is the record low, black is this year, 2010.

The river was close to record lows from July 1st to July 15th, but didn’t quite make it low enough for the record. Starting around August 15th the Amazon River set a record low nearly every day until around September 15th. Since then it has been half a meter or so above the record low.

Amazon River water level September 20th, 2010, just before the Great River Amazon Raft Race.

Bill Grimes is President of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 barry September 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Oh gosh this is difficult to understand! I thought Global Warming was melting the glaciers and causing the sea levels and rivers to rise. What are you implying? Is the whole Gobal Warming thing a huge fraud? But Al Gore promised us – didn’t he???

2 Greg geisler September 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

No, global warming is shifting weather patterns throughout the world.No scientist ever predicted a rise in the Amazon level in 2010.

3 barry October 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Correct. No scientist predicted a rise in the River Amazon, but they have predicted a steady rise in “sea level”. The Amazon River Basin is at see-level. The fact that the Amazon is currently “NOT” rising but is in fact close to an all-time low brings into question the whole notion of the oceans and rivers rising.

4 Bill October 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

What Barry doesn’t seem to get, putting it very simply, is that the river basin is at sea level, but the volume of water entering the river basin creates an average hight higher then ocean mean averages and, closer to the mouth, is tidal and subject to tidal bores.

Fact is, the Amazon river flows INTO the ocean Barry, therefore the volume of its water is above sea level for most of its journey. If the level of this great river is overall at a near all time low, which I assume is implied here, then we’ll be seeing reports of Peruvian villages being cut off from supplies like back in 2005.

What Barry also seems to want to deny here is that as sea levels rise, and fresh water rivers and reserves recede, salt water begins to replace fresh water and populations — like those in Amazonia and Florida — will be devastated.

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