Monday, August 29, 2011

Catskill Flooding Continued

As discussed in earlier posts, the Catskill Mountains of New York were pummeled yesterday by Irene.  Runoff from that area, combined with that from the broader-scale precipitation shield across eastern New York and Vermont has moved down river such that many areas are just now feeling the full force of the flooding.  Some photos, first from the upper reaches of the Schoharie River drainage along the Batavia Kill in Windham, NY which experienced the full wrath of the flooding yesterday.

Yesterday, Windham, NY. Photo: ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Today, Windham, NY. Photo: Austin Horse.
The Schoharie River drains into the Mohawk River.  Today along the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, NY.  The river is usually on the other side of the manor!

Today, Amsterdam, NY.  Photo: Amsterdam Recorder.
The building is Guy Park Manor, built in the late 1700s.
The pulse of water through the river system is shown by the two hydrographs below.  Note the earlier peak in the Schoharie River compared to the Mohawk further downstream.

Often, the worst aspect of a tropical storm landfall is the flooding, and it can occur after the wind and rain are over.  Unfortunately, this is the case in portions of eastern New York today.

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