The River Aire takes about 6 hours to respond to rain falling higher up the valley.
Many of us trust the BBC Weather site for forecasts. It's useful to check Skipton as that's where our water comes from.
Current river levels for the site are on the Environment Agency web-site.
At the Cottingley Bridge Gauge:
1.80 BANK FULL Gate wires at neck level.
1.30 S Rock washed out. Water fast. Some gates may be trailing.
1.10 Rocks covered, eddies swirling, fast. If gates set high before water rises, great.
0.85 Rocks are starting to show and eddies are lively and small.
0.75 Nice fast eddies. Plenty of flow and features. Level with landing stage.
0.60 Nice gentle eddies and enough flow to enjoy.
0.47 Low summer level - difficult to paddle above the S Rock - paddles click on the bottom
0.40 Above the S Rock is hardly useable
This flow-chart below defines whether you are simply paddling with peers, or if there is a person responsible for your safety.
Has it been raining? For club sessions, if the water looks like it's going to be too high for you to paddle independently, let the organiser know you'd like to paddle. For Thursday club night, the organiser is Judith and let her know by 9pm Tuesday.
Tuesday 13th November
Pool session! Yay, warm blue water. Cath
Thursday 15th November
Club's AGM 7.15pm
Thursday 22nd Nov.
Club night! Judith