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Old 04-07-2010   #11
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I would say it is not quite as red or colored as last year but dust has definitely hit hard here in Durango and I was just at the put in for Piedra and the snowy fields were red/brown colored...

hopefully it is not enough to pop like last year and kill everything early...

I wonder how the high county has done...perhaps this is low elevation???

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Old 04-07-2010   #12
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Heard on the Denver news that they thought this one was from the dust raised by the earthquake southeast of San Diego, and carried up with the winds in front of this last storm. A friend in Summit County saw it yesterday as well. They showed video of a small mountain range enveloped in dust clouds just after the quake.

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Old 04-07-2010   #13
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The Mongolian duststorm is the likely culprit. I was in Alaska one year when Redoubt spewed ash over a huge area. The snowpack was not really effected too much. If we are lucky, we will get more big storms which will cover the snow and dust layer and it will slow the runoff.

One question! Does the snowpack ever last as long as we want?
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Old 04-07-2010   #14
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Yeah, the dust is less red in CB than last year and more of a lighter brown with some red tint. Luckily, we've gotten a new layer of snow over the dust, so there is hope that it will stay buried underneath. We'll see.....
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control was on the radio giving feedback on the high or extreme danger currently. Said wind loading but mentioned the heavy dust layer would / could create a layer of instability. I had not heard this before. I assume an uneven melt creating a mid layer compaction. Anyone have any experience with this?

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