My two cents...
Escalante is running now, should be good today through sat. Cooler weather rolls in sat and sat night. Sunday flows likely down, but how far down? Not sure. I'd guess med/low to med fri/sat, and low on sunday. Likely too low into next week as we get extended cool weather. Just my guess based on all the data I look at.
What I use to predict flows for trip planning...
Roubideau barometer guage showing large daily bumps in flow from hot weather and nights above freezing. Keep an eye on the roubideau to get an idea of how weather trends are impacting the plateau. Roubideau is the next door drainage to the south of escalante and drains similar aspect and elevation. Yes there are diversions, but they can only take water out. If the roubideau is going up by leaps and bounds, expect escalante to do the same. If the roubideau is nose diving, expect escalante to do the same.
I also check the colorado basin river forecast center predictions for gunnison at delta and grand junction. They seem to be pretty good at predicting trends for a few days out. Looking at gunny flows gives a broad perspective on how the weather is predicted to impact the general area. Current predictions call for a flows to sustain fri and sat, and then start tailing off sun. Kinda hard to read the date and flow scale, mouse over the flow trend and it will show date and stage where your mouse is.
Gunny @ Delta
GUNNISON - DELTA (DELC2)
Gunny @ junction
GUNNISON - GRAND JUNCTION, NR (GJNC2)
I use the NOAA weather forecast for delta, co and escalante forks, co to see what the weather is looking like.
7-Day Forecast for Latitude 38.75°N and Longitude 108.06°W (Elev. 4999 ft)
Another interesting site is Colorado Weather Map - Snow-Forecast.com
The feature I really like about this site is it gives contour intervals for the freezing elevation in the atmosphere. The uncompaghre plateau is about 10,000ft. If the freezing contour over the plateau is 10,000ft or higher, its not predicted to freeze on the plateau. If the freezing contour over the plateau is below 10,000ft, its predicted to freeze on the plateau, which will clamp down on flows. You can scroll through the forecast days and check precip estimates and freezing line contours predicted for the next couple of days.
All of this info gets a lot more precise with visual reports to calibrate what the actual flows are. Used in conjunction with visuals, you can use these tools effectively to plan a trip out to escalante.
Hopefully this info is helpful to some. I'm gonna be out there fri/sat... let the boating season commence!
Also please post visual reports with date and estimated flow so that I can continue to refine the roubideau barometer predictor. What I came up with before was...
Robideau Level (cfs) = Estimated Escalante Level (57' Chevy Fin)
0 - 149 = TOO LOW (fin very exposed)
150 - 249 = LOW (fin exposed)
250 - 349 = MEDIUM (fin barely covered)
350 - 599 = HIGH (fin completely covered)
600+ = CRANKIN
Last year did not see too much improvement on the correlation because escalante was flooding for weeks and there were not many reports in the low to med level to refine the correlation.
As with any weather prediction, take this with a grain of salt. Its what I personally use to plan my trips, usefulness to others may vary.