Monday, September 30, 2013
At 9 am, it is 51.5 degrees and rising. (That's a ten degree rise since dawn.)
The humidity is at 94% and steady (thus, the fire danger continues LOW).
The barometer is at 29.32 inches of mercury and steady, under clear blue skies.
Yesterday traditionally was celebrated as the feast of Michaelmas, recognized as when you'd really want to buckle down and get ready for the winter. We've seen our birch and beech trees start to turn yellow; most of our maples haven't done much more than start their color change yet. The squirrels and chipmunks have picked up their tempo. The woodland aster is well in bloom and starting to fade. Our apple tree has been busy for weeks (green very tart apples).
Enjoy the fall!
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
At nine am, it is 64 degrees and rising.
The humidity is 84.5 percent and falling.
The barometer is steady at 29.15 inches of mercury under clear blue skies.
The fire danger, due to all the rain this weekend, remains LOW.
It looks from the forecast as though this is going to be it for clear days this week, so if you haven't been out on the trails, it's a good day for it. There is some water in the brook--not a lot, but it's flowing.
And the woodland aster is in bloom; those are the little white daisy (or star, thus the name) shaped flowers you'll see all over the Cascades.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
8:26 a.m. Conditions at the Lodge:
Temperature is 68.2 degrees F and rising;
Humidity is 92% and steady (which seems a bit high, so we will recheck that instrument);
Barometric pressure is 29.18" of Hg and steady;
No recorded precipitation;
No recorded wind;
Haze, yet no clouds;
The Brook is dry and there is no reading there;
The USFS Fire Danger Class remains, as ever, LOW.
Enjoy this wonderful summer day! Get yourself outside!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Yesterday's long stretch of rains have taken a dry brook bed up to 3.36" of flow with both channels running.
The strong rains continue to keep the Fire Danger suppressed at LOW, where it has been pegged for weeks now.
The line of White pine, Red cedar, and White cedar that were planted on the south bound line by an awesome volunteer two weeks ago seem to have taken to their new home.
These trees bear a little reflection.
The construction site to our south has been very active with earth moving, rock moving, clanking of metal construction equipment, blowing dust, and the cutting of trees. It is easier by far than the summers of constant jack hammering of the hydro-axe on the bedrock, so things are improving. But the cutting of the trees was hard.
We looked out over the open site and had determined to plant new trees on our side of the line in the spots we hadn't yet gotten to. But we assumed the site had been as cleared as it could be. We were wrong.
On the day we went out to plant they were moving the mountain of hammered rock into one long dike along the bound line. While a little odd at first I came to like the addition. If they leave it as is there is no chance for future encroachment, the rocks will provide shelter for snakes, chipmunks, rabbits, groundhogs, skunks, etc. and it is so long and so high that they probably all could live there together. That is when the chainsaw started.
While they had cut the site open back towards the line, they had apparently not cut every tree down on their side of the line, and everything would yield to the new rock dike. In one brief moment the reason for planting was made as forcefully as possible. If there would be any wild life left, it would be on the Cascading Waters side of the line. The volunteer was convicted and planted more and faster than I could have imagined, at times only feet from the clanging construction machines.
And so it is.
The new trees are bathed in sunlight, ready to take their place as habitat, as screening, as windrow, as the future generation of forest filling in the forest floor previously canopied by trees now gone.
Temperature is 70.0°F and steady;
Humidity is 80% and steady;
Pressure is 29.18" of Hg and steady;
Skies are blue;
Winds up to 12 mph;
Brook flowing at 3.36";
Fire Danger is LOW;
Yesterday saw much rain!
A beautiful day out there!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
At 8:30 am, it is 57 degrees and steady.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
At nine am, it is 54.5 degrees and rising.
The humidity is 50%.
The barometer is at 29.23 inches of mercury and rising under clear blue skies.
The fire danger (from HIGH yesterday) is now MODERATE.
Light wind of about 3 mph
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Hikers moving through here at Cascading Waters this morning.
Introduced a hiker to just how extensive the Cascades are with a map. The joy was awesome to behold.
Conditions at the Lodge at Cascading Waters as of 10:00 a.m.:
~ temperature is 49.8°F and rising;
~ humidity is 42% and falling;
~ barometric pressure is 29.18"Hg and steady;
~ wind is moving and gusting to 20.5 mph;
~ Cascades Brook is flowing at 1.44" with both channels open;
~ the sun is out with blue skies and fair weather clouds;
~ there is flow over the Cascades;
~ USFS Fire Danger is MEDIUM.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Summer is arriving like a freight train over this past few days. Each day sees more rain, more leaves, and more height on every plant. Plants that were distressed have buds, and trees that looked dormant are in bloom. The ferns and moss are in their glory.
Today, as the skies eventually lighten and begin to clear, it will be a wonderful chance to hike into the woods and see them coming alive.
Conditions at the Lodge at 9:50 a.m.:
~ temperature is 59.4°F and steady;
~ humidity is 89% and steady;
~ barometric pressure is 28.88"Hg and steady;
~ the air is still;
~ 0.45" of rain reached the forest floor since yesterday morning;
~ the Cascades Brook is flowing at 2.16" of depth, and both channels are flowing;
~ the Cascades are flowing;
~ the USFS fire Danger is LOW.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Days of on and off rain have the forest practically bursting forth with growth! Today promises more rain and warmth so things will just get more lush and more full.
Conditions at the Lodge at 9:45 a.m.:
~ temperature is 62.2°F and steady;
~ humidity is 87% and steady;
~ barometric pressure is 29.03"Hg and steady;
~ Cascades brook is running at a depth of 1.92" and the flow is fast and both channels are running;
~ 0.15" of rain reached the forest floor since yesterday;
~ skies are grey;
~ there is gentle flow of wind gusting to 17.5mph;
~ the Cascades are running;
~ the USFS Fire Danger is low.
Friday, May 10, 2013
~ humidity is 89% and falling;
~ barometric pressure is 29.18"Hg and steady;
~ skies are blue;
~ 0.25" of rain fell to the forest floor since yesterday;
~ Cascades Brook is running at 2.4" of depth and not channels are running;
~ the wind is still;
~ USFS Fire Danger is LOW.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
The greening of the world continues in high gear with water to fuel it.
The conditions at the Lodge at 9:16 a.m. were as follows:
~ temperature of 60.6 degree F and steady;
~ humidity of 89% and steady;
~ barometric pressure of 29.21"Hg and steady;
~ the Cascades Brook was running at 2.16" depth;
~ both channels of the Cascades Brook were running;
~ skies are overcast with occasional sprinkling;
~ the anemometer was not reading any movement of the air;
~ since yesterday morning 0.55" of rainfall fell to the forest floor (note that the rain gauge is under the canopy);
~ the USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
After what feels like weeks without rain, this morning saw the first band of showers. The trees leafed out enough where the forest floor is still dry, but the openings received a thin layer of moisture.
The ground has become so dry that the cart path to the Lodge is a dust cloud after driving along it and you sit in the car for a minute or two to let it settle before getting out.
Sterling and Princeton both saw brush fires yesterday, and the Princeton one was quite a large one.
But, rain is coming
9:15am conditions at the Lodge:
~ temperature is 63.5°F and rising;
~ humidity is 80% and falling;
~ pressure is 29.41"Hg and steady;
~ skies are grey but fairly bright;
~ the Cascades are quite modest with flow;
~ Cascades brook is flowing at 1.2";
~ the USFS Fire Danger is MEDIUM.