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, January 31, 2011

There is parking...for now

Sorry, we've been rather swamped with shoveling. Just a quick note to say that as of RIGHT NOW, there are nearly two whole parking spots shoveled out for hikers and snowshoers.
We make no promises for the rest of the week, however!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MORE Snow!

10:30 a.m. conditions at the Lodge at Cascading Waters!

MORE Snow!
We will have to get out there and try to find a way to measure the new snowfall without the older snows a bit later.

29.38" of Hg pressure and falling (stormy);
18.3 degrees F and rising (still a long way to freezing!);
81% humidity and steady;
snowing and overcast;
no measurable wind registering on the anemometer;
USFS web site is down, but let's just call the Fire Danger "None" for arguments sake!;
The Cascades Brook and Cascades are more or less buried at present.

Hope to trek around a bit later on snow shoes.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Noon update!

We've just shoveled out the end of the driveway. It seems the city is doing its utmost to be sure the road to the water plant is open; it's very busy on Olean Street with plows. As you can see from the sign (above), the road has been cleared a great deal overnight and this morning.

There's about a foot out there now, more in the drifts. We've also had the wind pick up a bit.
At noon, it is 26.2 degrees and rising.
77% humidity and falling
28.61 inches of mercury and falling
Snowing steadily.


Count this as the storm that actually panned out!
Snow started falling at about midnight here, and we've got about six inches, drifting higher in parts, here at 9:30. Very light fluffy snow.
The brook is still running through the snow.
It is 25.3 degrees and steady
88% humidity and snow falling
0 mph of wind currently, 'though it kicks up now and then
The barometer is now at 28.64 inches and falling, so there's more coming!

Stay safe, and bring out those skis, snowshoes, and sleds!
And Joe, we'll see about getting you a new photo!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Belated, but with bonus night readings!

The conditions were dutifully recorded this morning at 8:42 a.m., and then went into my pocket where they spent the day. Alas. Here they are at last:

18.5 degrees F and rising;
68% humidity and falling;
29.53" of Hg and steady;
no precipitation measured;
Occasional light breeze maxing out at 1.5 MPH;
USFS Fire Danger is NONE;
The Cascades are continuing to build up ice!;
The Brook isn't presently measurable due to ice on the gauge;
The sky is full of sun and you would never know a storm system was coming.

Now it is on the flip side, 8:04 p.m., and here is where we are presently at:

26.4 degrees F and steady;
61% humidity and steady;
29.35" of Hg pressure and steady;
still no precipitation;
Light breeze maxing at 2 MPH;
and dark as night!

We await the storm and hope not to be disappointed again!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Just as I headed out now with a basket of laundry,* the resident red-tailed hawk swooped low over the house. I suspect he's keeping an eye on the birdfeeders.
And a little woodpecker (a downy, I think) cheeped away at me, between banging on a tree, the whole time I was outside.

*for you skeptics out there: yes, it's entirely possible to dry laundry outside when it's (just) 32. The trick is that there's wind.

More Sun!

Conditions at 8:12 a.m.;

Sun in a blue sky with patchy clouds;
20.3 degrees F and rising;
61% humidity and falling;
29.32" of Hg pressure and rising;
no rain registered overnight;
Breezy gusting to 4 MPH;
USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE;
the brook is flowing but the measuring stick is partly obscured by ice;
the Cascades continue to build up a coat of ice.

Nice day for a hike if you are properly dressed.
The snow makes steep surfaces slippery, have footwear with good traction.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

After the Snow...Sun!

One of the glorious things about a snow storm is that they are frequently followed by a day of intense sun. In this case no warmth, but definitely sun.

The snowfall added around an inch and a half around the Lodge.

The conditions as of 4:41 p.m. were:
26.4 degrees F and steady;
54% humidity and steady;
29.06" of Hg pressure and rising;
occasional gusts of wind up to 3.5 MPH;
USFS Fire Danger Rating of NONE;
sun setting in a mostly clear sky.

While there are some tracks from hikers and dogs, it is also interesting to see the tracks of squirrels, mice, voles, and birds in the fresh snows. You can't help but be a tracker as you try to interpret what on earth was going on in the glen.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Dusting Overnight

Conditions at the Lodge t 9:35 a.m.

The Cascades Brook is running steady at 4.4";
The Cascades are continuing their icing;
The temperature is 24.4 degrees F and steady;
The humidity is 76% and steady;
The pressure is 28.76" of Hg and steady;
The skies are overcast with very light snowfall;
There is an occasional light breeze but nothing registering as for MPH;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW;
Snowfall looks to be just over 1" in depth.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Changing Weather

Conditions at the Lodge at Cascading Waters as of 8:20 a.m.:

28.85" of Hg pressure and steady (registering signs of stormy weather);
20.5 degrees F and steady;
59% humidity and steady;
The Cascading Brook is running at 4.4" (but the reading is approximate with ice frozen to the meter);
No wind is registering on the anemometer;
No precipitation in the last 24 hours;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW;
The sky is partly clear with a blanket of high altitude clouds, and the sun is trying to burn its way through, and for the moment looks to be losing;
and the Cascades are icing over with water flowing as well.

The ground is definitely frozen out there!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Bright, Bright, Sunshiny Day

7:39 a.m. Conditions at the Lodge at Cascading Waters:

22.6 degrees F and steady;
77% humidity and steady;
29.03" of Hg pressure and steady;
4.6" of flow in the Cascades Brook;
The Cascades are running and slowly accreting a sheet of ice;
The USFS Fire Danger is LOW;
The ground, and recent mud, is frozen hard;
No observable or measurable breeze;
No rainfall in the last day;
The sky is clear blue, and the sun is blazing away on the horizon!

Glorious morning!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Frozen and Blue

8:10 a.m. conditions at Cascading Waters:

The Cascades are running and ice is re-forming;
The Cascades Brook is down slightly to 5" of flow;
The pressure is at 29.32" of Hg and rising;
The temperature is at 26.1 degrees F and steady;
The humidity is back down to 49% and is steady;
During the observation period the wind was consistently at 2.5 MPH or greater and reached 5.5 MPH;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE;
The skies are blue with wispy high altitude cloud;
The muddy patches of trail are frozen solid.

Cook's Pond is working hard to refreeze after looking like a series of surface puddles on ice yesterday.

Interesting Note: Saturday wasn't just warm, it was record warm. We tied the previous high of 58 degrees F from 1892!

If properly bundled it is a nice day out there.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Grey, Drizzly, Warm

Well, at least it is warm.

1:52 p.m. conditions:
47.5 degrees F and steady;
90% humidity and steady;
29.18" of Hg pressure and falling;
the Cascades Brook is running strong at 5.4" (up considerably even from the over 4" yesterday!);
the air is still with little shifting every so often, o MPH;
the sky is grey but broken into patches of low and high altitude cover;
the USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW;
somehow the rain never mounted strong enough to register on the rain gauge, there has been mist, fog, and drizzle, but no real rain to tip the gauge.

The Cascades are running, and the ice floe is breaking up with the warmth and the warmer waters.

The trails are all open, but very very wet, and in some spots the soil is very deep and mucky, so waterproof footwear is an absolute must.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


We hit the mid-fifties here today; we hope you got out to enjoy them!
We're just back from a tramp through the slush: up the Holden trail to the far end of the Cascades trail, up the Cascades trail to the Newton trail, and back down to Cataract Street. It's clear that there's been much traffic out on the trails: everything is slush covered, muddy, and/or downright wet. You'll want the waterproof boots, and if you're heading out tomorrow, expect that all to be crunchy!
The brook is running at 4.5 inches under ice. The Cascades are well worth a trip by; they're frozen, but running underneath.
Enjoy the warmth!