Posted by: David Giacalone | February 4, 2019

watching the warm-up [with updates]

Saturday AM Update (Feb. 9, 2019): The Mohawk rose to about 219.9 ft. overnight (220′ being minor flood stage at Schenectady), but is now slowly receding. It barely crested the Riverside Park riverbank in a few places.

IMG_0134 . . Left and below: the Riverside Park overlook at 9 AM, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 . . 


Click on a photo in the following column of square tiles for a full, larger version.



 follow-up (Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 7 PM): A surge in the Mohawk River has been forecasted for this evening. At this time, levels are not expected to reach flood stage along the Schenectady Stockade riverbank. This Slideshow has photos taken between 4 and 5 PM today, near sunset, along the Mohawk and Riverside Park. The only flooding seen was at rear yards on Cucumber Alley, along Binnekill creek.

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. .  original posting, with updates . . 


. . [above]: mouth of the Binnekill [Creek] at the Mohawk River off of Cucumber Alley, with sunset reflected in ice melt [Feb. 4, 2019-

After a late-January deep freeze in Schenectady (and much of the nation), we are entering a few days with temperatures significantly higher than average for early February. And, we may have a few days with light rain along with the above-freezing temperatures. Naturally, there is a concern that melting snow and thinning ice, plus rain, might crack the ice sheet on the Mohawk and start ice jamming and/or flooding.

  • to see current water levels along the Schenectady portion of the Mohawk River, click here: NWS Hydrograph


. . [above] view west from yard of 16 Washington Ave. ..

IMG_0029 . . [L] view from the west end of Riverside Park, looking north toward Scotia. A mysterious almost-rectangular cube of dirty ice can be seen just off the east end of the Isle of the Cayugas. It has been anchored there for quite a few days. Melting may cause it to head downstream soon. 

We’ll be watching the River near the Schenectady Stockade over the next few days, with periodic photo-shoots. The first three pictures above were taken February 4, 2019 near sunset.

2019-02-05meltcollageFebruary 5, 2019 Update: The collage to the Right has images captured this afternoon. [click on it for a larger version] There was a bit more melting, and a lovely day on the Mohawk. Click on any of the images in the square-tile columns below to see the full photograph in a larger version.




  • FloeHenge06Feb2019 Feb. 6, 2019: Temperatures above freezing again and rain are increasing runoff, and even shrinking (or tilting) our mysterious Floe-Henge monolith at the east end of the Isle of the Cayugas [R].
  • IMG_0037-002 February 7, 2019: A lot more melting of the ice cover, on this dull gray day, with the water clear west of the Great Western Gateway Bridge and east of the CXS Trestle. To the left is a close-up detail of the still-shrinking “floe-henge” burg.


Here are few more scenes from February 7, in a tiled mosaic. Click on an image for a larger version.

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