Clear Creek rain flows vs. annual snowmelt fun fact
I have been amazed at how much water went into the rivers and creeks from our recent flooding events. Rains pumped clear creek up to a peak higher than many snowmelt years, and thus far has been flowing above min flows for 3 weeks.
I wondered how the total flow of water from this rain event compared to the amout of flow from a normal snowmelt year. After doing some gauge geek stuff, I figure that this rain event put about 30% of an average snowmelt year's flow into clear creek from one prolonged massive rain event. Holy crap! Thats huge!
Of course other drainages had much higher flows, probably far exceeding a normal year's total snowmelt runoff during the floods. Most of those gauges were destroyed so there isn't data to gauge geek on.