Ontario Waterways Directors Office
P.O. Box 567, 2155 Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough Ontario K9J 6Z6
July 14, 2016
Thank you for your May 31, 2016 correspondence regarding spring water levels in Pigeon Lake.
The high water levels on Pigeon Lake in 2016 were due to a significant weather event which was evident across a large region. Rain on snow events drive the larger floods on the Trent River System as was the case in 2016. During the month of March there was 170.5 mm of precipitation, 127-3 mm of rain which was recorded at the Haliburton 3 Climate Station. The climate normal (i.e. 30 year average) for that same station is 75-4 mm of precipitation and 37-4 mm of rain. In general, there was more than as much precipitation than average and over three times as much rain. The March 2016 precipitation and rainfall exceeded the highest historic monthly values reported at the Haliburton 3 and Minden Climate Stations.