What a difference a week makes! Just in time for Earth Day celebrations, the sun finally came out this weekend and brought some warmth to melt much of the residual winter snow that has blanketed our Catskill Mountains for so long. Although still windy, it was much more spring-like, with air temperatures reaching the high 60s!

    A check with the USGS website on Monday morning showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 787 cubic feet per second, which is just about the average level for April 23 of 785 cfs over 104 years of record-keeping! Water levels have steadily diminished from last Tuesday’s high reading of about 3800 cfs. The minimum flow recorded was 218 cubic feet per second in 1968, and the maximum flow recorded on April 23 was 3440 cfs in 1969. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 36 degrees F on Saturday morning, to a high of 48  degrees Fahrenheit on Earth Day, Sunday afternoon. 

    The East Branch Delaware River at Fishs Eddy was flowing 1900 cubic feet per second, which is  above the average level for April 23 of 1460 cfs over 62 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 441 cubic feet per second in 1968, and the maximum flow recorded on April 23 was 8,540 cfs in 1972. Water temperatures this past week ranged from a low of 37.9 degrees F on Saturday morning to a high of 47 degrees F on Sunday afternoon.

    The West Branch Delaware River at Hale Eddy was flowing 2270 cubic feet per second, which is  above the average level for April 23 of 1110 cfs over 54 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 143 cubic feet per second in 1988, and the maximum flow recorded on April 23 was 4810 cfs in 1972. Water temperatures remain cold on the West Branch this past week, ranging from a low of 37 degrees F on Saturday morning to a high of just about 44 degrees F on Sunday afternoon.