REPORTING · 4th June 2011
It might be a bit early to make predictions as a heavy rain accompanied by a serious heat wave might bring the Skeena to a rise again however all indications are the River is on the decline. Even the last rise in level at the Babine station late yesterday, June 3, wasn't followed by a rise at the Usk station, just a minor slow down in the rate of fall.
The River level is now well under 10 metres (9.75mt) and continues to fall at an impressive rate. UPDATE: We shouldn't be smug and ignore the river. The temperature in the high backcountry fell from mid to upper double digits (reaching as high as 16 to 17 C) to low single digits (as low as under 2 C) in the past three days. This may, and likely does, have everything to do with the lowering levels of the Skeena. There is still plenty of snow waiting to melt.
The above graphs, from Environment Canada, are from 7 am June 4, 2011. The upper graph is the station above the Babine on the Skeena and the lower graph is from the Usk measuring station.