Originally Posted by skiersteve3
i stand by what i said but only time will tell. I will happily admit my mistake if the colorado or the yampa goes beyond last weeks peaks....however, i'm pretty confident they won't. A snowpack isn't made in a month. I also never said anything about the season being done and over with, only that indeed i believe the major drainages have peaked as asked in the orginal post. For those of you interested in reading a bit into the water projections for lake powell (fed by the Colorado mind you), you should read this: (projects as of May 11th btw).
Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Lake Powell
A snowpack is generally not made in a month, but in this case our record late spring snowfall does account for bringing our snowpack back up to normal in many areas of the state. That's not some wild guess. There are snow sites all across the state that qualitatively measure our snowpack and estimate snow water equivalent.
Lake Powell is a long way downstream with many water projects upstream. Therefore its predicted inflows are not an especialliy good predictor of what common stretches of the Colorado River in the state of Colorado are going to do, which I presume is what the original question was about based on the poster's location. Normally runoff for most of Colorado doesn't start in earnest until June. A warm stretch of weather got some things coming up a little early this year, but that's just the first bump. I will be amazed if the Colorado has already reached its peak.