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...


Lady Fi said...

Wow - it's dry! Hope you get some rain soon.

Nancy J said...

Maybe everyone should try and do as they do in Antarctica, 2 x 2 minute showers per week!!! No car washing, no garden watering, and forget dishes and laundry!! Any woman's life would be heaps easier, Did you get to see the tennis??

Jenn Jilks said...

You're right, Jean!

We did see the tennis. Biting our knuckles for Bouchard, while the Brit commentator kept wishing the Brit would win! They used to not be biased, knowing it is an international audience!

Knatolee said...

The drought is really starting to worry me. We've never had a problem with our drilled well, but I can't help but be concerned this year. The crops all around us are way behind, and my flowers are way behind too. We got a bit of rain Wednesday but nowhere near enough, sigh. And it's only July 1st!

Naquillity said...

i'm sorry you are experiencing so much drought. hope you get the rain you so need... soon.

William Kendall said...

We do seriously need a good amount of rain.

Anvilcloud said...

We've had a bit lately but not enough. I see there is some in the forecast. Am I bad to wish for a nice weekend though?