Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Good Night for Connecticut

UConn 53, Butler 41.

It was an ugly game, but the UConn men's basketball team won the NCAA national championship last night. 

Regrettably, Sunday night the UConn women's team lost to Notre Dame, so they will not play in Tuesday night's women's championship game.

These photos were taken by shooting at the TV screen, so credits go to CBS and the NCAA.

I confused people the past two days with photos of the Connecticut River's floodplain near Hartford.  What you saw is not a problem, it is absolutely normal and happens every year.  There are no permanent structures in the floodplain and it isn't even remarkable enough for the local newspapers to mention.  Hartford had bad flooding in the 1930s, and since then there have been extensive investments in flood control measures.  These low-lying riverfront parks have been rebuilt so they can flood in the spring without much damage.  In fact, having these broad floodplain parks is part of what allows the surplus water to spread out without damaging developed areas.  The water will eventually drain away, grass will grow and the parks will be ready for foot traffic again.

This is not to say that the Connecticut River and its tributaries don't occasionally flood.  They do.  It just hasn't happened here (yet) this year.  For those interested in weather minutiae, if you click here you will see that so far there are no significant flooding problems anywhere in southern New England. 

21 comments:

Karl said...

Beautiful moment, great picture!

Cezar and Léia said...

This picture is a treasure, wonderful moment there!
Léia

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Your explanation of the land use of the flood plain is perfect and is exactly what nature intended and man should continue. The engineered approach to flood control of building higher levees merely channelizes the river so that it creates a higher flood elsewhere. The Mississippi now reaches higher flood levels with less volume of water. The Yangtze River in China is even worse.

Scottsdale had the foresight in the 1960's and 1970's to reject the concrete drainage ditches like they built in Los Angeles and instead has a green belt of parks and golf courses and lakes that runs the length of the city and that is allowed to flood every few years for a few days.

Farmchick said...

A great moment for UCONN.

Halcyon said...

Congrats on the win! Was not the most exciting game, but at least the outcome was a happy one for your team. :)

Kate said...

The photos capture the feelings of elation after a hard-fought win. Well, I am certainly happy to hear that the water which you photographed earlier is a natural event that causes no damage, but instead restores the area. Nature sometimes knows best!!

Sharon said...

You got a great photo right off of the TV!
Thanks for the explanation of the flooding. I wondered if it was an engineered floodplain.

joo said...

Great photos, Jack!

Lois said...

Congrats!

Regina K said...

Congrats to the Huskies!!!!

cieldequimper said...

Yours and Dave's explanations are perfect.
I'm glad you were happy ;-)but hey, Notre Dame? ;-)

Malyss said...

Thank you for the explanations about flood!
and if you're happy about basket ball's results, I'm happy for you!:o)

RedPat said...

Glad the water isn't a problem. Thought you would be happy today when I read the sports section this morning!

youth_in_asia said...

Congrats! It was a VERY ugly game, but I was happy to see UConn win it. It would have been great to see the women win too given the great year they had.

Birdman said...

I must admit. I was hoping for a Butler Bulldog win. Love the underdog.

Virginia said...

WAAAAAAAAA!!! Sorry Jack but a former student at my elementary school here in B'ham plays for Butler, Ronald Norred. I'm sorry the lost.
V

Randy said...

Moments like this are great!

VP said...

Congratulations!

EG Wow said...

Congrats to UConn! You sure take great photos of your TV!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

UCONN, Butler? Huh? Are you talking about a submarine during the Civil War?

Re your comments on Stone Creek: The young man is a year older than I am, so thank you. And he's carrying a putter with his right hand but you can't see it 'cause of the angle.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

JM said...

It's hard to get a great shot of a tv screen but the top one is brilliant!