Chilly, cloudy, soggy, dreary. That's a pretty apt summary of the week here in Central New York. Sure, we had some steady rain and wind on Monday and Monday night, but overall the weather has just been...blah. We didn't get anywhere near the amount of rain from Sandy that I thought was possible, and this was a good thing. We had plenty of rain last week and some more over the weekend, so a few more inches on top of that would not have been good. But the heaviest rain was on the western side of Sandy, and Sandy tracked to our west. Then Sandy tracked to the north, and to then the northeast. Her associated upper-level low pressure center, though - the fingerprint of the storm higher in the atmosphere - remained stuck over us. As a result, we've had a series of chilly, cloudy, showery days since Sandy departed. It's been the Week of Sandy here in Freeville.
This week has been my first chance to compare my rain gauge measurements with my crude observations of the creek's rise and fall. Before, I was relying on rainfall measurements from the Ithaca airport, several miles away. While my rain gauge isn't representative of the whole basin contributing to the runoff into the creek, its should be more indicative than the airport measurements were. This post is a quick look at what I found this week.
Here's a series of photos looking at the progression of the swollen creek over the course of the week:
A look upstream on Monday afternoon. Though we hadn't gotten much rain yet, the creek was already swollen.
And finally, here's a map from our local Weather Service office with rainfall estimates of precipitation from radar. As you can probably tell, radar can't come close to the accuracy of rain gauge measurements, though it is slowly improving. The heaviest rains fell in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with much of Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey receiving an estimated 5"+. It's pretty easy to follow the track of Sandy across central Pennsylvania and western New York - just follow the higher precipitation totals (except for the Cleveland area). The small black dot toward the upper center of the map shows the approximate location of Freeville.