Just in from a lovely walk outside along the Willowemoc. With air temperatures down to 8 degrees when I took the dog out last night under a full moon, hadn’t expected to spend much time out of doors today. However, despite some gusty wind, the sun was blazing in the blue sky this afternoon and so Tessie and I ventured out along the trail in 8-10 inches of snow. We made our way down to the river and were surprised to see that the Willowemoc was frozen about 1/3 of the way across from the right bank, and the gusty winds made the water appear to be flowing upstream!
The snow we received from Thursday’s storm will certainly add more volume and keep flows above average for quite a while. The USPS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at 455 cubic feet per second on Friday afternoon. The river spiked to just above 600 cfs around midnight on Wednesday into Thursday; the average flow for this date of February 10 was 270 cfs after 101 years of record-keeping. The minimum flow recorded was 94.0 cfs back in 1944, and the maximum was 1810 cfs in 1965.
Water temperatures this past week ranged from a flat 32 degrees F each morning to a spike late Wednesday night of 37.5 degrees F.