Water levels have risen from well below average to above average since Sunday last, thanks to the rain we received. A check of the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 1220 cubic feet per second, which is above the average level for April 16 of 980 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 233 cubic feet per second in 2012, and the maximum flow recorded on April 16 was 9480 cfs in 2007. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 34 degrees F last Monday morning, to a high of 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday afternoon.
The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing 1850 cubic feet per second, which is just above the average level for April 16 of 1770 cfs over 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 399 cubic feet per second in 2012, and the maximum flow recorded on April 16 was 14,800 cfs in 2007. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 35 degrees F last Monday morning to a high of 51 degrees F on Saturday afternoon.
A check of our the NYC Catskill reservoirs on April 16, 2018 showed that the current capacity is 97.4 percent full; the ‘normal’ capacity for April 16 is 97.9% full. In checking the comparison of average precipitation, the amount for February, March and the beginning of April this year was 8.43 inches - higher than the historical average for those months of 7.42 inches of precipitation.
As of this writing on Monday, April 16, we are still far behind in spring blooms and blossoms; only a very few hardy snowdrops have pushed up, with crocuses and daffodils still in the mid-stem stage and no blossoms to be seen. However, we should find the earliest stone fly hatches before long, follow by Quill Gordons - that usually hatch when the daffodils are showing their cheerful faces.