With no rain over the last ten days and less than 30% of normal for the last 30 days, the Rideau River watershed is on the verge of minor drought conditions.
Precipitation measured at Environment Canada climate stations in and around the watershed show that about 80% of normal for the time of year has fallen in the last 90 days. This means that minor drought status has been reached. Municipal watering restrictions could be imposed to limit the volume of water extracted from groundwater and surface water sources. It is recommended that those living in residences served by private systems also reduce their water taking.
Streamflows in unregulated watercourses are about half of normal for the time of year and lake levels are declining. The Rideau Canal system is at full navigation level but, if drought conditions deepen, boaters on all lakes will need to keep an eye open for shoals and rocks as levels continue to drop.
Play safely this summer
Water incidents are up to 6 deaths in 2016. Wear a lifejacket.
Happily, Dorah is calmer with Buster gone. She is on withdrawal from her Prozac (Fleuoxitine). She has been feisty with little sister, Daisy, as well as Annabelle, but things are calming down. The three of them are rejigging the hierarchy, and sorting out who is alpha.
I have added Buster's name to the other two black cats who are gone. We celebrate the lives they led, and try not to mourn the day they died.