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Old 05-31-2016   #1
Cottonwood heights, Utah
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Big Sur surf wave - no go in 2016?

I heard big sur may not break this season due to filling up a reservoir. Does anybody out there know if this is true or if it still might break this season?

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Old 05-31-2016   #2
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Big Sur

I'm not a member of any water board or anything, but the runoff season is getting a late start here in Colorado. Which reservoir has to be filled up? With the kind of water still on the mountains and the sudden warm up happening by Friday of this week I am guessing about 5-7 days after this friday things are really gonna rip! See you on the water.

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Granby is forecast for a "small spill" in July and I expect other reservoirs are in the same situation. If I were to guess, we'll see Sur for a few days if there's a rapid warm-up, but not if it's a slow burn. The reason for no Sur this year is less due to reservoir storage and more due to a roughly average snow pack in terms of SWE. The high "% average" simply reflects a late runoff, not an above-average water supply.

With that said, I was pleasantly surprised by the Glenwood wave at about 9500 cfs (only an hour from Sur). The right side is an all-dav wave at that level albeit steeper than sweet Sur. As I recall, the more the better at Glenwood and I wouldn't be surprised to see protracted levels above 10k throughout June.
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Old 06-01-2016   #4
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I wouldn't be surprised to see it come in late this weekend or early next week. The temps are going to crank up, and the snow that has been sitting waiting will start to come down. I expect to see 3-4 days of steady ramp up in flows and especially if the Roaring Fork rises big, it might come in...
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