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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cool and Hazy Start

8:25 a.m. weather readings:

72.5 degrees F and steady;
61% humidity and steady;
29.00" of Hg pressure and steady;
0 MPH wind reading with an occasional light breeze;
No reading on the stream gauge in the Cascades Brook;
LOW Fire Danger Class from the USFS;
hazy skies.

Hikers moving through while it is still cooler and more pleasant out there.

The National Weather Service is taunting us with the slight chance that we might get thunderstorms after 3pm.

Tomorrow is set to be a fantastic night for BBQ, Bluegrass, by the Brook up in Cascades West by the Amphitheater. This is a GWLT event and RSVP's would be to

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Nice Sunday

9:58 a.m. observations:

29.00" of Hg pressure and steady;
71.2 degrees F and rising;
50% humidity and steady;
0.00" of rain;
0 MPH wind, with an occasional breeze;
No reading on the Cascades Brook (the trickle is too far away from the stream gauge);
Blue skies with clouds and sun mixed;
The USFS Forest Fire Danger is NONE.

The brook is pretty low, reduced to just a trickle. Lots of bare angular rock sitting there waiting for more water.

Lots of flowers and wild flowers around the lodge. Small yellow flowers on stalks, daisy like flowers, pink/purple clover, darker purple tiny low level flowers, a red rose bud on the way.

Also out back the ancient apple tree is responding well to all the other tree branches that broke off in the ice storm a year ago. We have a number of apples in process.

There are plenty of chattering noises out there, with birds and squirrels and such.

A few hikers have gone by that I have noticed, who knows how many I haven't.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nice now...

...but the National Weather Service has a hazardous weather watch up for this evening, with thunderstorms coming in. If you want to get something outside into your day, you'd want to do that earlier rather than later!
At 9 am, it is 58.8 degrees and steady
50% humidity and steady
29.32 inches of mercury and steady
We've had no rain since midnight, and the stream level has fallen to 4 inches.
No wind.
The fire danger level is LOW.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


At 10:44 am, it is 67.1 degrees and rising, under clear, sunny skies.
The barometer is at 29.26 inches and rising.
Humidity has dropped significantly to 43% and steady
The stream is at 4.4 inches; we've had no rain in the last 24 hours.
No wind at the moment (measured) 'though we've had a light breeze on and off this morning.

We've got a chipmunk out exploring the platform of what was the old shed.

Monday, June 14, 2010


The forecast still has us as "chance of showers, mostly cloudy," but we're seeing some patches of actual sun here at the Lodge, and we've had no rain since yesterday, and little then.
The stream has fallen back down to 4.8 inches; the Cascades are running but less.
We've had no rain since midnight; we had 0.04 inches yesterday.
74% humidity and steady
62.2 degrees and rising
No wind right now
The trails are wet but passable.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

At 8:20, it is 59.7 degrees F and steady,
80% humidity and steady,
27.12 mercury and steady,
0.04 inches of rain today,
1.18 inches of rain yesterday, and
5.8 inches for the brook, sometimes rising to six.
If you are planing on hiking today wear rain gear.

Friday, June 11, 2010


At 9 am it is 56.3 degrees and steady
74% humidity (not currently raining; it's hanging in the air and dripping off the trees)
29.32 inches of mercury and rising (clearing skies)
We have had no rain since midnight, but a total of 0.43 inches yesterday, which has brought the stream, burbling merrily, up to 4.8 inches this morning.
The radar looks fairly clear right now, 'though it's due to be a cloudy weekend.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Rain, rain

We have rain today: 0.4 inches since midnight on top of 0.43 inches yesterday. That has raised the stream level back up to 4.4 inches. The secondary stream channel is also running, and there is a good flow down the falls.
At 8:45 am it is 54.3 degrees and steady. Not very June-like!
72% humidity (not raining right now)
No wind recordable
29.03 inches of mercury and steady

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Chilly and cloudy

It's getting more overcast out there as there are some storms coming up the coast due in tonight. In fact, the temperature at noon is currently falling.
It is 64.2 degrees and heading down
34% humidity and steady
29.26 inches of mercury and steady
Fire danger is LOW
We've had no rain here in the past 24 hours.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Clear and nearly crisp

We have it on good authority that there was some exciting weather over the weekend (we had some Clark students riding it out in a tent in the backyard!). Suffice to say that we've recorded 0.87 inches of rain for Sunday, 0.39 inches of rain for Saturday. And the Cascades are running!

At 10 am, it is 61.3 degrees and rising
28.97 inches of mercury and rising
43% humidity and steady
1 mph of wind
Fire danger is LOW

And you may have noticed the fruits of the Clark students' labor: there is no longer a red shed in the backyard. Progress!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Changeable Weather

11:07 Weather Conditions:

73.6 degrees F and rising;
53% humidity and falling;
29.03" of Hg Pressure and steady;
0.0" of measurable rainfall in the last 24 hours;
3.4" of flow in the Cascades Brook;
Overcast skies;
1.5 MPH of fairly steady breeze (with a peak at 2.0 MPH);
LOW USFS Fire Danger Class.

It was weird. I got up and the rain gauge was reading zero, so I figured it lost the signal. When I went out to the road it was already dry, with few damp patches. Hmmm.... maybe it didn't rain that much. When I returned I went to the old fashioned rain water tube and it had a drop or two at the bottom but nothing measurable. So... despite the wind, the lightning, and the fury of last night's storm, in the end, pretty much no rain! Go figure!

As of 7:30 it was pleasant, at 10:30 a passing dark cloud and some hints of rain, then lighter at 11:00, and now dark and ominous again. All with the wind blowing. Anything is possible today!