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, May 12, 2015

Early Morning Rains Give Way to... a Thunderstorm?

Early this morning it began to rain,
Not a lot of rain, mind you, but rain.
It has been so dry of late, compounded by some hot days, that even this fairly trace amount is a big deal for our stressed vegetation.
We really have not had much for rain since snowmagedon, and while we are infinitely better off than our west coast friends, we really could use more rain,
Which is why the possibility of a thunderstorm later today is also a welcome development.

Another interesting, albeit unimportant, note I made in my wanderings of the property was that some poor person drove up the cart path to the Lodge recently, and when backing down, misjudged the path, and went off into the woods. I was able to deduce this from the deep holes made by someone running their tires long and hard and carving two impressive holes into the forest floor as they tried to escape a trap of their own making. In the past we have seen a tow truck appear to free someone's misadventures. It looked like it might have been as recent as this past weekend, but who knows when, or how they eventually escaped. At least they will have a good story to tell.

Last week also saw the addition of over 6 acres of land to the assemblage called Crow Hill, bounded by Harrington Way, Hamilton Street, and Plantation Street, making a block of over 50 acres of open land and wildlife habitat in the midst of the city and in the midst of historic Worcester working neighborhoods. This is particularly fun as the proximity of three deckers, and small capes and ranches, all right next to a nature preserve is one of those bits of magic that happen here in Worcester! Thank you to the Ecotarium, and the City of Worcester for making this partnership project possible!

Trailhead Conditions at 8:00 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 58.1 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 84% and steady;
Pressure is 29.68" and falling;
There was no wind movement recorded;
The Cascades have minimal flow;
The Cascades Brooks are both flowing, but also with minimal flow;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds.
Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
West wind 7 to 15 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 30%.
New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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