This graph tells most of the story for the Dolores. It never peaked near average for snowpack but has been never dropped as fast either for the month of April due to some of the recent storms. April recharged some of the loss from Feb-March but not close to enough. By watching the reservior the last three weeks it was obvious a spill was not going to happen.
Its been another odd year in the SW. These relatively warm-to-hot midwinter spells are killing snowpack and therefor our river runoffs.
Haven't been down the Dolores in far too long. Can't wait for a year when I can see Ponderosa Gorge again. Just not sure when that is going to be since our "good" years in this region are still leaving us 25% below average.