The West is in a drought cycle for sure. Some drainages are better off than others. I'm naturally , most concerned about the upper Ark (cause I live here). So the graph shows us just over 2002 but still behind 2012. The minimum recorded was the first half of 1981 and the last half of 2002. We are at a really critical point. If the current trend continues, we'll be well below last year. If Joel's forecast holds true for the upper Ark, we might be ok.
(go here http://www.cpachecojr.com/cgi-bin/work/get_basin.cgi
and select 2013, 2012, 2002, average and minimum t see what I mean. Not sure how to post that image--maybe someone can help.,)
One question i have about this data is the snotel sites reporting. For the upper Ark, Monarch and all the stuff that drains below the South Arkansas is irrelevant. Important for the Gorge, but not Pine Creek, Numbers, Browns, etc. Which of these are factored into the basin totals and which are relevant for which parts of the river? I have my guess but you have to drill down a little to get the real picture.
APISHAPA (e of alimosa)
BRUMLEY yes same as indy?
FREMONT PASS yes
GLEN COVE teller co. e of cospgs
HAYDEN PASS Saguache co
PORPHYRY CREEK Gunnison co but relevant
SAINT ELMO yes
SOUTH COLONY custer county south
WHISKEY CK drains into S tributary of ark
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