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Old 08-06-2004   #1
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How is Waterton at 1150?

I just looked at the flows...Waterton shows something like 1150. How is that? Deckers reads 500, Bailey/Foxton less than 100. I thought those two guages basically represented the south and north forks, which is what constitutes Waterton Canyon. I could understand a small difference with some other tributaries the guages don't account for...but 550 cfs? What am I missing/overlooking?

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Old 08-06-2004   #2
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It rained nearly 3 inches in some areas near Deckers yesterday evening. Mudslides came down onto hwy 67 and the river was pumping. That spike was real but didn't last long.

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Think about it, a storm that is downstream or on a tributary, (different canyon) isn't gonna be noticed by the upstream guages, right?

There is a LOT of land area and tributaries between the Bailey Guage on the North and the Deckers guage on the South. By the time you get downstream to the confluence at Waterton, a localized storm could easily be (and usually is) the reason for some phantom water appearing between the guages.
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