When Hurricane Laura came onshore near Texas and Louisiana, its winds were so strong that it pushed the waters of the River Neches backwards for about 12 hours.
A streamgauge in Beaumont, Texas captured the river’s flow rate over time as the hurricane pummeled the region.
As Hurricane Laura’s wind pushed the water of the river, the river’s velocity slowed and then reversed course. Water was pushed upstream as the river reversed its flow with an approximate flow rate of 7,600 cubic feet per second.
East, J. (2020, August 28). Hurricane Laura temporarily reverses Neches river. USGS.gov. https://www.usgs.gov/news/hurricane-laura-temporarily-reverses-neches-river