January 8, 2018
At this writing, we are recovering from one of the coldest weekends I can remember - the air temperature yesterday morning was about 10 degrees below zero, but the wind chills were in the minus 20s…..and windy it was, from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning. Some of our animals were shivering, and I nailed the barn windows shut with sheets over the openings to cut the wind….I was afraid one of my goats and chickens might succumb to the cold - however by late yesterday morning the sun came out and provided enough warmth minus the wind to make them comfortable enough to resume eating some food/hay and drinking water.
The river, as would be expected, is frozen over - enough so that the gauge on the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls would not register any cubic feet per second, just “Ice”. Based on 102 years of record-keeping, the maximum flow recorded on January 8 was 8300 cubic feet per second in 1998, and the minimum flow was 100 cfs in 1931.
The same (ice) conditions appeared on the East Branch Delaware at Fishs Eddy. based on 62 years of record-keeping. The maximum flow recorded on January 8 was 11,300 cubic feet per second in 1998, and the minimum flow was 170 cfs back in 1963.
And the West Branch Delaware at Hale Eddy followed suit, with Ice cover making the flow unavailable. However, over the past 53 years of record-keeping on this date, the maximum flow recorded was 3190 cubic feet per second in 1998, and the minimum flow was 100 cfs in 1996.
With temperatures forecasted to be in the 30s and 40s followed by rain at the end of this week, we could be in for some dramatic ice-outs.