Thursday, June 13, 2013

Water levels running high & fast Quebec - NY - Vermont

A washed out road near Saranac Lake, New York on Wednesday. (
As tempting as it is to venture out onto area waterways this weekend, be advised that many rivers and streams from southwest Quebec into New York and Vermont are running high or even at flood stage and very fast. Be very careful as currents are unpredictable and swift, as well the water is still very cold. Heavy rainfall in May in Vermont and over 100mm (4 inches) of rain so far this month in southern Quebec and upstate New York has created this situation. I have recorded 109mm of rain since June 1 here on L'Ile Perrot, with amounts much higher south and west of my location. Flooding continued yesterday across portions of Franklin, Clinton and eastern St. Lawrence Counties in New York. The Salmon and Saranac Rivers have both left their banks in places flooding roads and farmland. The water will slowly recede today into the upcoming weekend as the bulk of the moisture with the next storm remains to our south, A surprise complex of showers and storms moved out of the Laurentians yesterday afternoon and across the western end of Montreal into upstate New York, the exact places that don't need more rain. I recorded a quick 6mm (0.25") here on L'Ile Perrot. Today will be the same sort of day, sunshine to start, clouds and perhaps an isolated shower or thunderstorm late this afternoon. Highs will be 22C today and 26C Friday with a slightly greater chance of afternoon thunderstorms Friday.

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