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, March 31, 2014

Roaring Day II

Thanks to the rains of last afternoon and night the Cascades are still roaring away!

8:00 am conditions:

Temperature is 34.3°F and steady;
Humidity is 97% and steady;
Pressure is 28.97" of Hg and steady;
Wind is stirring but no reading in mph;
The sky is overcast and it is raining lightly;
The Cascades are roaring white magnificently!;
Both branches of the Cascades Brook are in high flood flow creating a small island amidst the chaotic waters;
The USFS Fire Danger class is LOW.

Come see the Cascades in their glory!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cascades are Awesome!

The Cascades are a roaring froth of whitewater this morning!
You can hear them inside houses in the neighborhood.
The long overnight rains set off the snow and ice pack and we are in full Cascade mode presently!
Come soon before the lack of fresh rainfall makes them subside.

9:05 am conditions:

Temperature is 38.3°F and steady;
Humidity is 98% and steady;
Pressure is 28.88" of Hg and falling;
No rain falling at present;
Storing breeze with no reading in mph;
Overcast skies;
Both channels of the Cascade Brook are over their banks;
The USFS Fire Danger is LOW;
The Cascades are in full roar.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


This morning began nicely. Warm temps, no breeze, occasional bright periods in the overcast. Around 1 pm the temperatures dropped, the breeze picked up, and shortly thereafter we had passing sprinkles. That kept ramping up as rain over the course of the day, and right now the rain is falling consistently.

All of this is impacting the falls.

We had some flow with the warmth yesterday that continued into this morning. But the rains had taken it up a notch. By 5:15 pm the flow was pretty audible with only blocks of ice remaining in key spots in the Cascades. As of now, with a half day's worth of rain and warmth, and with all of the snow pack and ice in the upper elevations of the Cascades, we have a fine low roar right now. If the rain persists this will only build, and that is a fine thing to hope for!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Evening Wind!

So far we noted a 34 mph gust at 6:19 pm!

We will append anything higher!
Good fun here in the woods.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunny delight!

It may be cold, but we have glorious sun!

9:20 am conditions:

Temperature is 27.3°F and rising;
Humidity is 44% and falling;
Pressure is 29.29" of Hg and steady
Wind at 18-19 mph
Bright sun, with high altitude clouds;;
Cascades Brook is running;
USFS Fire Danger is MODERATE.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another hopeful day start

Temperature is 26.1°F and steady;
Humidity is 69% and steady;
Pressure is 29.15" Hg and steady;
Sky is bright yellow overcast;
No breeze;
The Cascades Brook is running;
USFS Fire Danger is MODERATE.

While rain might be possible today, the start is nice enough! Get out while the getting is good!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Vernal Equinox!

The venal equinox--the official start of spring!--comes in at 12:57 pm Eastern Daylight Time today. Enjoy your exactly 12 hours of daylight today...and the days are just getting longer!
We had some hail in the weather excitement last night, and in most areas, that is still on the ground. Thus the trails are fairly slick this morning.
However, more good news! It's warming up! At 9 am, it is already 35.1 degrees and it is RISING! The high today is forecasted to be as high as 48!
Right now it is overcast and raining with 88% humidity, but that should be clearing over the course of today.
The brook is running; the Cascades are as well, though there is still snow on the falls.
Happy spring!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunnier, Warmer, Hopeful

8:10 a.m. Conditions at the Lodge:

Temperature is 17.2°F and rising;
Humidity is 47% and steady;
Pressure is 29.44" and steady;
Sunny skies;
There is a breeze but no wind reading;
Cascades Brook is running at 5";
Ground (thus far) is frozen solid;
USFS Fire Danger is MODERATE.

The spring is looking more imminent, he said hopefully, with the temperature not yet even 18°...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Return of the Cold

While last week and this weekend offered glimpses of spring we are squarely back in winter this morning.

The warmth, on Saturday in particular, had the trailhead jammed with hikers and cars.

This morning's conditions as of 9:00 a.m.:

Temperature of 16.7°F and rising;
Humidity of 38% and steady;
Pressure of 29.32" of Hg and steady;
Max wind speed of 13mph;
Mixed sun and overcast;
USFS Fire Danger is LOW;
The Cascades Brook is running.

Tonight it is supposed to dip back down to 9°F! Stock the firewood this afternoon while it is comparatively warm!