Despite rain over the last week, drought conditions continue.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority reports the three month precipitation totals recorded at climate monitoring stations in and around the Rideau River to the end of May were higher than at the end of April. However, the totals are all still below 80% of normal and so the watershed is still in a drought. Rainfall measured at the Brockville Airport, near the headwaters of Kemptville Creek, was less than 40% of normal for the month of May. This has caused flow in the Creek to be similar to that typically seen at the end of August.
Some of our area lakes have benefited from heavy rain over last weekend. Boaters should still be cautious to avoid hitting obstacles that are not normally above water. The good news is that long range weather forecasts for the summer show near-normal precipitation and temperatures.
Photo of Kemptville Creek by Don Munz