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All that water...

Monday, 18 Jun 12 Cloudy 20°C / 68°F

Contrary to the weather forecast, this was a gift of a mainly sunny day. The garden was too sodden to do anything in but it was a pleasure just to see the sun and scraps of blue sky.

I mentioned that the hydro-electric dam above the city has been letting out water through its overspill as a result of the rainfall and snow melt in the mountains. Pictures of the spill look spectacular with a spout of water raising a cloud of mist higher than the dam in the narrow canyon. It is unusual to open the spill for high water levels and the dam expects to keep it open until Friday. Their statement said that high water conditions and abundance of energy in BC and the Pacific Northwest had combined with inflows to the Revelstoke Reservoir well above normal. The historical average inflows for June are 24000 cubic feet per second. Over the last week inflows averaged 33,000 cu ft per sec, and on Sunday inflows nearly doubled to 42,000 cu ft per sec so the dam opened the spillway in order to keep the reservoir at a normal full pool level. On Sunday the spillway was releasing 24,000 cu ft per sec so no wonder it was spectacular. I bet all the other waterfalls around here are amazing at the moment. The force of water coming over a waterfall at this time of year is literally earth shaking and deeply impressive.

Photos

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Day 24

Joan's purple dahlia

Dahlia

Showing True Leaves
Day 3245

Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

Iris sibirica

Day 2612

Alpine Sea Holly

Eryngium alpinum

Budding
Day 2726

Aster alpinus

Aster alpinus

Flowering

Dwarf iris 'Pristine Blue'

Iris

Flowering

looking very battered by the rain

Day 2850

Bearded Iris

Iris

Flowering

the first of the maroon irises

Day 2865

Salvia 'May Nights'

Salvia x sylvestris

Flowering

Comments

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    great photo of the sea holly.

    Posted on 19 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    Very striking icy explosion of sea holly.

    Posted on 19 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Great sea holly!

    Posted on 20 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    That sea holly is going on my wishlist – it’s gorgeous! Fingers crossed the rain eases and there’s no flooding.

    Posted on 24 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

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