March has certainly come in like a lion - with the Nor’easter on March 2 that dumped two feet of snow and left thousands in our county without power - many for a week - followed by another storm and another six inches. As a result, we still have plenty of snow on the ground and in the woods, making for good snowshoeing and cross-country skiing - and the snowmelt has been very slow due to cold temperatures.
On Monday morning, March 12, the USGS website showed that the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at just 412 cubic feet per second, which is actually below the average flow for this date of 500 cfs based on 103 years of record-keeping, which proves how slowly the snow has been melting. The minimum flow recorded was 85.0 cfs in 1931, and the maximum was 9140 cfs in 1936.
Water temperatures this past week didn’t get down to freezing, but was about 33.5 degrees on three mornings last week up to a high of 39.5 degrees F last Tuesday afternoon.
The next storm predicted for tonight and tomorrow is supposed to bring another 3 inches…..