Saturday, April 04, 2009

Lovely rain...

We received enough rain throughout the region to give the vegetation a deep drink, bring the creeks up a little and put a tiny dent in the large precipitation deficit.

The Musconetcong River at the Bloomsbury gage is now running at the minimum needed to paddle (just over 2.00 ft.). The rain didn't have as much of an impact on this river due to the porous limestone watershed. However, much of what fell on the ground infiltrated into the aquifer and the Musky will stay up longer as a result.

On the other hand, the runoff prone Triassic shale watersheds like the Wickecheoke Creek and Tohickon Creek rose quite a bit more and of course they will fall just as fast because the relatively impermeable soils and rock do not allow precip to infiltrate as easily as the upland limestone watersheds or the sandy coastal soils do. These two beautiful creeks enter the Delaware River just a few miles part, with the Wickey flowing on the NJ side and the Toh on the PA side.

The Delaware River at Riegelsville came up about two feet over the past few days but that is still a little below the median flow for this time of year.

Alternate rainy and sunny days are just what is needed for a glorious spring and drought free summer.