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.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Flood Watch!

The NOAA Weather Service has issued a flood watch for tonight through Monday Morning:


FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING

* ONE OF THE HEAVIEST WIDESPREAD SINGLE STORM LONG-DURATION RAIN
EVENTS SINCE SPRING 2006 APPEARS IMMINENT...ESPECIALLY FOR EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...THE EAST SLOPES OF BOTH THE WORCESTER HILLS AND
BERKSHIRES INTO PARTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

* RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BY MONDAY MORNING...WITH 2 TO 4
INCHES OF RAINFALL TOWARD SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE. THERE IS HIGH
PROBABILITY OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING 4 INCHES ALONG THE INTERSTATE 95
CORRIDOR OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND. RUNOFF FROM THE RAIN
MAY DELAY RIVERS THREATENING TO EXCEED FLOOD STAGES TILL LATE
SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR EVEN EARLY MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.


Presently at the Lodge it is 1:20 p.m. EDT;
The temperature is 37.5 degrees F;
The barometric pressure is 29.26" of Hg and falling;
It is overcast with a wind and raining;
the USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.

The trails are wet and are only going to get wetter and muddier.
Several trails with stream crossings are going to get more complicated to cross as the heavy persistent rain settles in.

Keep your eyes out for flooding in the brooks and streams around the Cascades!

(Since a little over a week ago we had flooding here at the Lodge, we will have to scout around and see what preparations we need to make.)