We awoke this morning to about three inches of freshly fallen snow, followed by rain, sleet and snow showers. As a result, schools all across the county were closed. By afternoon, however, the precipitation ceased, the sun came out and temperatures rose, resulting in rapid melting of the snow, at least on the roadways.
The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at about 643 cubic feet per second as of Tuesday afternoon. This was just above the average flow of 602 cfs over 97 years of record-keeping. The highest flow recorded on March 19 was 6110 cfs in 1936; the lowest recorded flow was just 89 cubic feet per second back in 1931.
By this time last year, temperatures had reached a whopping 70 degrees – much to the delight of fly fishers, who were able to find some rising trout and tiny flies hatching in the Special Regulations Catch-and Release areas – but much to the dismay of gardeners, whose fruit trees started pushing out buds prematurely, that resulted in a loss of fruit later on when the blossoms were ‘frosted’ a bit later on.
This afternoon’s air temperature hovered in the upper 30s, as one would expect for mid-March. Tomorrow’s forecast for the first day of spring is for temperatures in the mid-30s with snow showers. No flies were seen hatching on our walk with the dog along the river; but a few warm and sunny days predicted after this weekend may spur on some activity as we approach the beginning of the trout fishing season April 1.