Wednesday the remnants of Hurricane Ida came through the Bethesda area and left a lot of water. I have been tracking the forecasts for the Potomac River and it was projected to peak this morning. I went to Great Falls today to take a look, here are some comparisons for how it looks today and how it looks in slightly more normal times.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken in July of 2020, the water is a little bit higher than normal for mid summer.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken this morning. Compare it to the photo above that was taken last year, All the rocks seen in that photo are submerged, only a few small trees on them poke above the water on the left side of the photo.
From Olmsted Island overlook looking across the Potomac River to the Virginia side. This photo was taken in April of 2021, the water in the spring is usually higher than in the summer. On the far shore you can see the Virginia overlooks, and in the middle of the picture you can see a large tree trunk wedged between the rocks well above the waterline.