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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sunny and cold

('though, come to think of it, we've really got to pull down that snowy sign logo)
At 8 am, it is 31.1 degrees and rising
63% humidity and steady
29.44 inches of mercury and steady
We have no rain, no wind, and sunny clear skies.
The brook is at 5.6 inches

Monday, March 07, 2011

afternoon melting update

We've got a bit less water around now, and what we have is back in where it should be. Most notably, the DPW came and cleared out the culvert above the house, so we no longer have water running down the driveway. The driveway is now passable by foot, if not by car.
There is no longer water running under the house.
There is LOTS of water running down the hill and down the stream. The Cascades are roaring (you can hear them in the house), and again, if you haven't seen them running, come by!
Over the course of today, we saw rain, sun, snow, and some freezing wind. Must be March!

Just one big stream today on Twitpic

Just one big stream today on Twitpic

Cascade Brook on Twitpic

Cascade Brook on Twitpic


Spring melt is HERE!
The Cascades are ROARING, and there's so much water we can't get to the stream measurement. The three stream beds have merged, and there's water all over the place (including rapidly washing out the driveway, which we're working on, and the parking area, so don't park there with anything short!). We've also got a stream under the house.
If you've never seen the Cascades in full spate, today's the day! We'll try to get some photos up over the course of the day.
At 7:30, it is 48.6 degrees and steady.
98% humidity and steady: raining.
28.79 inches of mercury and falling

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


We've got sun and a breeze today, so that should keep those snow piles shrinking!
At 9:30 am, it is 39.2 degrees and rising.
Humidity is at 53% and steady.
The barometer is 29.29 inches of mercury and steady.
The stream is running steadily through the snowbanks, and you can catch glimpses of fast-moving water coming down the Cascades under the snow.

For those of you looking for a way to help out the Trust (but maybe not outside), know that the volunteers are mustering tomorrow at noon at the GWLT offices at 101 Water Street, 4th floor. We've got a mailing to put together. If you're coming, please RSVP (so there's enough lunch!).

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

We have WATER!

This is not the spring melt.
It has, however, been warm enough for several days to mean that WE HAVE A STREAM again! The Cascades are running under, through, and around the snow. As the next few days don't look to get cold enough to refreeze it all, expect more water to be coming down the hill soon.
In other good news, a skunk ran across the road in front of my car late last night. As skunks are winter sleepers, but wake up in early spring to find a mate, hang on: spring is coming!
At noon it is sunny and 39 degrees, with 39% humidity, and the barometer steady at 29.5 inches of mercury.