It was nice to start the day with the thermometer registering degrees above freezing - and hopefully today’s forecast of temperatures in the 60s will melt much of the remaining snow piles in our yard…..but what a difference a year can make - looking at my notes of April 17, 2017, temperatures were unseasonably warm - sunny and breezy and in the 70s during much of the week, and even into the 80s on that Easter Sunday!
A check of the USPS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing below the average level on this Friday the 13th at 725 cubic feet per second; the average flow for this date of April 13 was 1060 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 252 cubic feet per second in 2012, and the maximum flow recorded on April 13 was 6380 cfs in 1994.
Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit last Monday morning to a high of 41 degrees F on Monday evening.
The East Branch Delaware River was also flowing at a below-average level; recorded at 1370 cubic feet per second on Friday morning, as compared to the average flow of 2020 cfs, based on 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 431 cubic feet per second in 2012 and the maximum flow recorded on April 13 was 7630 cfs in 1994.
Water temperatures on the East Branch this past week ranged from a low of 35 degrees F last Monday morning to a high of 42 degrees F on Monday evening.