The City of Peterborough is asking residents to reduce water consumption to help alleviate the volume of water flowing through the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Residents can reduce their water consumption by taking short showers instead of baths, limiting or delaying loads of laundry, and turning off taps while brushing teeth and doing dishes.
A rainfall warning has been issued for the area. Several rounds of rain will continue all day and all of the night on Tuesday, producing rainfall amounts of 25 mm to 40 mm through Wednesday morning.
Since very mild conditions are accompanying the rain, considerable snowmelt is anticipated. As a result, localized flooding is likely in low-lying areas.
The photos were taken by Jay near Parkhill Road and Brealey Drive...
Tim Rollwagen, an instructor at Lakefield College School, took stunning photos of the solar eclipse on Monday (August 21st) from his driveway in Lakefield.
Rollwagen, an outdoors/adventure seeker and weather junkie, tells PTBOCanada he took the photos between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. using a Canon Rebel SL1 camera.
"Having the chance to see this doesn't come around all that often in your life," he tells PTBOCanada. "We have to embrace the wonder of the world when it's here."
Rollwagen, who looks forward to the total eclipse expected in 2024—"it would be great to share it with my daughters when they are older"—adds that if you look closely (see the top photo), you can see a bird flying through in one of them. Pretty neat.
As Rollwagen tweeted, the clouds only enhanced the dramatic pictures...
Tonya Kraan had a scary experience while camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park Friday night with family during the lightening storm that many in the Kawarthas experienced.
Tonya was in a tent when the camp site beside her took a direct hit.
She posted this photo below to Facebook showing where it hit: the light strip on the trunk is where the bark peeled off the tree after the strike and chunks hit the ground. "The tree is 1 foot from the trailer in the site beside us," Kraan says. "They had a fireball in their trailer but the fire didn't ignite."
In a prior Facebook post, she describes the damage done to trailers: "We were in tents. Split a tree and fireball went through their trailer. Shot through our site to the comfort station and knocked out the electrical on their water system. Then it shot over to a trailer on the other side of the station and blew their lights and electrical system. All vehicles in its path fried their electronics. Lots of tow trucks en route. Everyone is safe. No injuries. None of us slept a wink..... cant wait to get home and crawl into bed......"
Tonya tells PTBOCanada her tent was about 50 feet north of this tree pictured. They were on the site directly beside theirs...
"The flash was the scariest thing I've ever seen," Kraan adds. "I thought for sure it hit a foot from our tent. My arms were tingling for a minute or two. I was lying on the ground in my sleeping bag. Apparently lying down is the worst position when lightning strikes!!!"
Kraan says it's the worst and last camping trip she'll ever take. "I will never watch a lightning storm the same way again," she tells PTBOCanada.com. "When the strike happened, it felt like a direct hit. The heat and the shock felt like nothing I can really describe. It was like a million car lights coming on at the exact same time—the brightest light I have ever seen. I was lying down in my sleeping bag in our tent and my arms felt like pins and needles for about 15 minutes. I won't ever feel safe camping in a tent again, anywhere."
Otonabee Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Warning Update for all watercourses and waterbodies within the Otonabee Region watershed.
Current watershed conditions, combined with the latest weather forecast, suggest that water levels on the Kawartha Lakes (Buckhorn, Chemong, Pigeon, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear and Katchewanooka Lakes) could experience unprecedented heights in the coming days. Therefore, residents on these lakes are advised to prepare now by taking appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property.
In particular, the following known historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning (note that this is not an exhaustive list)...
In addition, the Otonabee Conservation advises that the Otonabee River may also experience unprecedented water levels/flows as a result of current watershed conditions, combined with the updated weather forecast.
Therefore, residents located in historically flood-prone areas are hereby advised to take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property ahead of the rising waters. In particular, the following known flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning: Cambelltown; Rosa Landing Road; Bensfort Bridge area; Jones Road; Deyell Road; Seven Oaks Drive; Wallace Point area; Cedar Bank Road; Green Acres Road; and, Willow Road / Matchett Line area (note that this is not an exhaustive list).
As the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River rise, there may also be backwater and/or tailwater conditions that cause flooding on the tributaries to these waterbodies / watercourses including, but are not limited to, Ray’s, Sawer, Jackson, Meade, Byersville, Riverview, Tompson, Bears, Cavan, Baxter and Squirrel Creeks.
Furthermore, throughout the remainder of the Otonabee Region watershed, significant pooling/ponding can be expected in low lying areas where there is poor drainage. As well, local rivers (Indian and Ouse Rivers) and creeks, which are already flowing at rates well-above normal, will continue to experience very high flows, and may even exceed their normal confines in those areas of low sidewalls/banks. Hence, area residents located in historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to prepare.
Also, area residents, as well as visitors to the area, are advised to observe caution around all waterbodies and watercourses because area lakes, rivers, streams and creeks pose a serious danger due to high levels, very fast flows and extremely cold water temperatures. Dams, culverts and other water control/water conveyance structures are to be avoided at all times.
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There was quite a lighting show Thursday night (April 27th) in Peterborough, and local weather photographer Jay Callaghan captured stunning pictures that he posted to his Facebook page CaltekDesign.
"All the shots were taken from Whittington Drive overlooking the airport." Callaghan tellls PTBOCanada. "The close strike was at the airport, the other three were in the direction of Kawartha Downs."
Look at them below...
UPDATED Monday, March 13th: An update from Environment Canada
-> Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are expected by Wednesday.
-> Snow will develop this evening or overnight and continue into Wednesday morning.
-> Northeast winds gusting to 50 km/h are also expected Tuesday resulting in localized blowing snow. Travel conditions Tuesday into Wednesday morning may be hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.
-> Snow will taper to scattered flurries Wednesday as the low pressure system moves east.