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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Windy, Sunny, But Overall Pleasant

Funny weather for the next several days, with an unlikely, but possible, chance of frost, of all things.

It is pretty great weather for hiking though!

Last night some mid-sized, and very clever, mammal decided to explore our front porch, and managed to pry the lid off of the metal canister that contains bird feed. Being the middle of the night, we heard it, but managed to think of a thousand completely innocuous reasons for the noise before dozing back off. The impressive part of this feat is that the lid is pretty challenging to remove, and that is with the benefit of opposable thumbs! The lid is also tight enough where its removal may have been entirely speculative, as it is hard to believe that there was much, if any, scent getting through there.

The squirrels finished off the feast, and there is nothing to cleanup.

Another crisis averted!

This is a good reminder that birdfeeders are now out of season as it is bear season!
(I don't think ours was a bear, though I can't prove it.)

Trailhead Conditions at 8:30 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature 42.4 degrees F and rising;
Humidity is 55% and falling;
Pressure is 29.47" of Hg and steady;
Wind is variable between 1-2.5 mph;
Skies are a mix of mostly clear with some clouds;
The Cascades are flowing;
The Cascades Brook is flowing in both channels;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Isolated showers, mainly between 2pm and 3pm.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
West wind 14 to 16 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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