Tuesday November 28 2016

Wet, mild week ahead

School Forecast through:
Friday December 2nd
Last Updated: 9:00PM Monday November 28, 2016

Two Hour Delay No School Early Dismissal
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Tuesday November 28th

Highlights:

• Steady rain Tuesday and Wednesday
• Clearing Thursday through Saturday
• Moderate temperatures remain above freezing

All umbrella's on deck!

An approaching storm system will bring two rounds of rain to the area. The first will move in by daybreak Tuesday. Steady rain is likely for most of the day tomorrow, before a brief break Tuesday night. Rain starts again around daybreak Wednesday. Rainfall totals will likely approach two inches by the time the rain clears out Thursday morning. Clouds clear out for the end of the week. Temperatures the remainder of this week should be relatively mildwith highs generally in the 50s. Low temperatures will likely remain above freezing.

There will be no snow with this week's rain event. No snow events are currently anticipated over the next two weeks. The next site update will include a full update on the ongoing drought.

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Water Levels Fall;
Drought Warning Declared
Tuesday November 18th

The ongoing drought has continued to worsen across the area. Within the past week water levels at Cooper Lake, Kingston's main reservoir, have fallen to 65%. This is down from 70% at the beginning of the month, and 75% in mid-October. As a result, the City of Kingston has declared a "Drought Warning". At the current rate more severe "Drought Emergency" could be declared by the end of December. Only two emergencies have been declared since 1980 [Link].

"Warning" vs. "Emergency"

The current Drought Warning does not carry mandatory restrictions for water users. The public is asked to voluntarily conserve water, while businesses are asked to reduce their water use by 15%. Should a Drought Emergency be declared, all non-essential water use would be banned and businesses would be mandated to reduce water use by 25%.

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Caption: Cooper Lake was at 70% capacity on November 1st.

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Caption: [October rainfall] was closer to normal than September, however, Cooper Lake water levels have continued to fall due to city demand.

Please consider ways to
reduce your personal water use.

Extended-Outlook School Impact Probability
December 5th - December 9th
Last Updated: Monday November 28th

Delay Cancellation Early Dismissal
Monday (5th) Very Low Very Low Very Low
Tuesday (6th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Wednesday (7th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Thursday (8th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Friday (9th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low

Next Update:
Sunday December 4th

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