Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rains return

It is 8:50 a.m. and sprinkling on and off, with occasional breaks in the clouds for sun just to confuse things.

The Cascades Brook is flowing at 5";
The temperature is 52 degrees F;
The pressure is at 28.79" of Hg and steady;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE;
The surfaces show a sheen of wet, and last night left a dew on things to boot.

The National Weather Service calls for rain this morning until 4 p.m. and then occasional showers in the evening.
Still, it is unseasonably warm.

The development project next door continues at full throttle.

When I headed down to Olean this morning I saw a full armada of ducks heading away from the shore in a phalanx formation as if they were the introductory scene from a oscar winning film. The water before them was like glass and the water behind them showed tracks of turbulent disturbance and flow. Quite the image.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Warm Foggy Night

I just went for a short walk outside and it was comfortable in short sleeves.
More of this oddly warm November, that is now very nearly over!

The time now is 8:51 p.m;
The Cascades Book is at 4.6" with decent flow;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW;
The pressure is at 29.91" of Hg and steady;
The temperature is 49 degrees F;
There is partial visibility of the moon through low haze/fog.

Happy Thanksgiving folks!

Monday, November 23, 2009

This was supposed to be a sunny day?!

This was supposed to be a sunny day?!

Ah well....
At least the rains hold off until around 2pm.

Presently it is 7:49 a.m. and the conditions are:
29.97" of mercury and steady;
43 degrees F;
overcast with a light breeze;
otherwise dry with no new precipitation as yet;
the Cascades Brook is at 5";
USFS Forest Fire Danger Class is None.

The development continues at full throttle to our south.

Yesterday morning, starting at 4 a.m. ish we lost power, and only regained it around 5:30-6:00 p.m.
That was a fun reminder of last year's ice storm complete with fire in the fireplace, flashlights and oil lamps.
Two telephone poles were taken out early Sunday morning in a car accident/fatality.
New poles, new lines, and an accident scene needed tending to.
Olean Street/Reservoir Road was closed from Holden at Bailey Road to Worcester's Dawson Road.
It would appear that someone went into the Olean Street curve near Dawson Road much much too fast.
It was hard to complain or begudge the loss of power under the circumstances.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Another amazing November day!

This has got to be the most pleasant November I can recall.

Presently it is 12:15 pm:
The temperature is a wondrous 57 degrees F,
The Cascades Brook is at 5.4" with good flow due to our week of recovery from the rains;
The pressure is at 29.23" and steady;
There was no precipitation registered over night;
The USFS Forest Fire Danger Class is LOW;
The sun keeps poking through the clouds and is making it a short sleeves and vest sort of day!
There is a light breeze.

The trails are in good condition and are firming up after the rains.
It is a great day to get out there and embrace the weather while we have it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Rain coming!

We've got a hazardous weather outlook coming in for tonight: heavy rain, possibly flooding. Go make sure there aren't leaves covering your storm drain!

At 9 am, it is 40 degrees and rising, but only slowly.
We've got some wind here as well.
Barometer stands at 29.44 inches of mercury and steady under overcast skies.

I'd say that if you want to get out and not get soaked, you might want to get out there today!