October rains eased low-water situation
Otonabee Conservation has ended the low-water declaration triggered by abnormally dry conditions in July that continued throughout August and September.
“An unusually hot and dry July was followed by continued rainfall deficits in August, which in turn resulted in very low flows in some of our local streams,” states a report from Otonabee Conservation. “For example, the average flow of Jackson Creek during August was only 30 per cent of its historical average flow for the month.”
September precipitation was 31-44 millimetres below normal, the conservation authority states.
That changed in October. “October’s surplus rainfall was sufficient to replenish soil moisture and return stream flows to normal or near normal conditions for this time of year.”