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, April 21, 2015

Mother Nature Takes a Well Deserved Drink

Yesterday and last night saw considerable rain, and some of the rain and thunderstorms last night were quite impressive!

Our farmer in the Tatnuck Valley was commenting yesterday, as we fed the chickens and geese, that after the snows we had what amounted to a small drought. Warm and dry with little rain to speak of.

True enough!

All of the tree buds were waiting for rains to swell and pop, and everything has been in a state of arrested spring.

Well! We took care of that!

You may note that the woods smell different today.
It had been so dry that there was little activity of the fungus and bacteria that are prolific in the forest floor, and suddenly they have been brought back, and the air is different.

Trail Work

Despite yesterday evening's trail work getting rained out, earlier in the day some great work got done!

Yesterday a crew of Dynamy students worked on fixing a wet trail crossing on the East Side Trail, and oddly enough had the perfect conditions to do it, RAIN!

Seeing where the water stands, flows, is blocked, and naturally was supposed to go is so much easier to do in the rain!

Ted's AT Trek

Ted reported in from the AT yesterday, and we are sorting through the photos he sent back. They should be going up over the next day or two.

8:30 am Conditions at the Cascading Waters Trailhead (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 51.4 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 98% and steady;
Pressure is 29.38" of Hg and steady;
The air is still;
We have fog, lots of fog!;
The Cascades are roaring away nicely!;
The Cascades Brook is swollen and flowing in both channels;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is an unsurprising LOW.

National Weather Service Forecast:

A chance of showers, mainly between 1pm and 5pm.
Patchy dense fog before 2pm.
Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 62.
West wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 40%.
New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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