Friday, 1 July 2016

4. Yam's Visit to Southeastern Ontario: Friday

I've organized all of my Yam Visit photos, this is the last day. Only a week ago! She is back home in Scotland, now.

Friday, June 

62 km –Perth to Manotick: The Swan, for a lookie at the Marina and lunch. We were early, they didn't open util 11:00! Lovely boats, and much traffic (including two fire engines). I loved the paperweight to keep the bill from flying away! One sleepy-looking teen selling strawberries...

15 km –Long Isl. Lock Station, for a walkabout. (We were early for the train, too!)

Long Island Locks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

21 km  – Ottawa Train Station, where we bade a fond farewell!

Farewell, Yam!

This was the first leg of Yam's trip, beginning at BAR, then visiting friends along the way. We were all so happy to welcome her, I know!
Yam is a world traveler,
After Yam left us, she took a train east. She is an amazing world traveler! She took the train east, ending in Halifax, where she headed home July 1st, to Scotland.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

June weather conditions

June 30th 2016

I'm hoping for more rain next month.

Issued June 30, 2016: Watershed Conditions Statement — Drought Conditions Continues at Moderate
June 30, 2016 –  The precipitation indicator for Moderate Drought of 60% of normal was reached last Sunday. Rainfall since then has had a minimal impact and conditions remain very dry.

Flows in the Rideau River at Ottawa are at 25% of normal for the time of year. Two of the major tributary streams, Jock River and Kemptville Creek, are both flowing at about 6% of normal. The Tay River is in relatively better shape benefitting from outflow from Bobs Lake, one of the Rideau Canal reservoir lakes. Smaller streams are intermittent or dry and aquatic habitat is compromised for all species.
The Drought Thresholds are:
-        Minor: 80% of Normal Precipitation for 540 day and/or 90 day precipitation totals
-        Moderate: 60% of Normal Precipitation for 540, 90 and/or 30 day precipitation totals
-        Severe: 40% of Normal Precipitation for 540, 90 and/or 30 day precipitation totals

June 29th

Just a bit early this morning, but welcomed!

June 28th

Overnight, a wee drop of rain. Quite welcomed. Still down by 2/3 for the month.

June 27

I was hopeful, but not confident. We did end up with 8mm, which is far better than none. We should have had about 160mm this month.

June 23

(WCS - 15/2016)
June 23, 2016 –  With no rain until Monday in weather forecasts, it is expected that the drought status for the Rideau River watershed will pass the threshold from Minor to Moderate Severity by Sunday. The amount of rain forecast for Monday will do little to reverse the trend of deepening drought.

Flows in the Rideau River at Ottawa are 15% of normal for the time of year. Larger tributary streams are about 6% of normal and many small streams are intermittent or dry. Aquatic habitat is becoming limited for all species.

June 20th

Storms: despite all these warnings, we only had 1mm (0.04") of rain.


10% reduction in water consumption…

June 17th 

RVCA Reports that we are back to Mild Drought Conditions.
Streamflows increased to about 50% of normal after the June 5 rain but have declined again to about 15% of normal for the time of year. The Tay looks as if it is September. At the beginning of the month we had orange: Moderately Severe Drought.

Tips — How to Conserve Water
(click to read lots more about saving water in the house.) 
In the yard
  • Don't water lawns and gardens when a municipal water shortage warning is in effect.
  • If you must water, only water gardens and lawns once a week, no more than one inch in total, including rain.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Water your lawn and plants in the morning — evaporation occurs at a slower rate than if you watered in the hot sun.
  • Cut grass less frequently.
  • Cut grass higher it reduces evaporation and increases moisture.
  • Compost your food leftovers and leaves — add compost to lawns and gardens
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn, they help retain moisture.
  • Collect and use rainwater for your lawn and gardens — it's free and better for your plants than municipally supplied water or well water. Consider buying a rain barrel.
  • Fix that leaking hose and dripping nozzle.
  • Plant drought resistant plants — convert your lawns to low-care perennials.
  • Plant more trees around your house to reduce energy needs.

Interested in Ottawa River water levels? Visit

June 16

We have cloud cover, but unlikely we get rain here in SE Ontario!

June 15th

After our big storm last week, hopefully rain tonight.

June 11

June 9th

It's darned cold and cloudy!!!! Not as cold as in 1980...

June 8th

Pretty cool today. We've had a goodly amount of rain, however. 
48.2 F.

This bodes well.

June 7th

Big, puffy storm clouds, sun, and rain!

June 5th

Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!! 16 C. and lots of wonderful clouds bringing more rain. Happy dance!  We had 21.336 mm!

June 4

Still no rain. Maybe tomorrow, Sunday. 
Issued June 3, 2016 — Watershed Conditions Statement: Drought Condition Deepens

June 3, 2016 – With little effective rainfall on the Rideau watershed for the last two months, the drought status is now moderately severe.

June 2nd

So far, not so good. It just missed us. So far, 0.254mm not even 0.01"

I hope June brings some rain...