June 30th 2016I'm hoping for more rain next month.
Issued June 30, 2016: Watershed Conditions Statement — Drought Conditions Continues at Moderate
– 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 29thJust a bit early this morning, but welcomed!
Overnight, a wee drop of rain. Quite welcomed. Still down by 2/3 for the month.A closer look at what's happening south of Smiths Falls. This will continue NE, not a threat to #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/cmqo5Pvo7h— Kyle Smith (@KylesWeather) June 28, 2016
June 27I 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.
(WCS - 15/2016)
– With no rain until 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 . The amount of rain forecast for 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.
Storms: despite all these warnings, we only had 1mm (0.04") of rain.
Top circle likely to miss us to the north. Hoping bottom circle will stay alive and make its way towards #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/FahzbtP5l7— Kyle Smith (@KylesWeather) June 20, 2016
Today is #Ottawa's 6th 31℃ day so far this year. The last time we had that many by June 20th was 67 years ago in 1949.— YOW Weather Records (@YOW_Weather) June 20, 2016
A storm is brewing and a tree has fallen on a home @ Harmer and Java in Ottawa. #ottnews pic.twitter.com/ODzzZVPMCr— Richard Nault (@JRNo) June 20, 2016
A Pembroke backyard after the fast and intense storm that just raged through. Trees down all over. @BlacksWeather pic.twitter.com/Z4HGzI5BKh— Ryan Paulsen (@PRyanPaulsen) June 20, 2016
We're still dry as a bone. The grass is crunchy under our feet. We visited Chesterville, South Nation Conservation also has demanded residents cut back on their water.
10% reduction in water consumption…
Models trending towards E ON having the greater potential for strong t-storms today. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/yiqb9zKmy9— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) June 20, 2016
June 17thRVCA 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
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In the yard
June 9thIt's darned cold and cloudy!!!! Not as cold as in 1980...
Pretty cool today. We've had a goodly amount of rain, however.
|This bodes well.|
Big, puffy storm clouds, sun, and rain!
Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!! 16 C. and lots of wonderful clouds bringing more rain. Happy dance! We had 21.336 mm!
Still no rain. Maybe tomorrow, Sunday.
|Issued June 3, 2016 — Watershed Conditions Statement: Drought Condition Deepens|
– With little effective rainfall on the Rideau watershed for the last two months, the drought status is now moderately severe.
So far, not so good. It just missed us. So far, 0.254mm not even 0.01"
I hope June brings some rain...