Today it feels as though winter has returned. With temperatures in the low 30s, wind chills in the teens and a new dusting of snow, it was a good day to stoke up the wood fire and get inside chores done.
Thanks to some much-needed rain on Thursday and on throughout Thursday night, the Beaverkill is flowing at 745 cubic feet per second. This is well above the average flow of 476 cfs for this date, based on 96 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on March 10 was 7200 cubic feet per second, in the year 1998; the lowest recorded flow on this date occurred back in 1931, when 130 cubic feet per second was measured at the gauging station.
Current reservoir levels:
According to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection website, the current storage level of the New York City reservoirs is at 88.9 % capacity – as of Friday, March 9, 2012. This is slightly above what the website considers “Normal” storage level of 86.5%.
The six Catskill reservoirs are listed as follows:
Cannonsville, 86.7 % full; Pepacton, 85.9 % full; Neversink, 87.9% full; Rondout, 95.0% full; Ashokan, 89.8% full; and Schoharie, 74.1% full.