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Old 09-05-2014   #11
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The road through Nine Mile Canyon and the Sand Wash road were tricky on August 27th, but we managed to get through. Road crews were already at work.

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Old 09-05-2014   #12
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Would this have ended up in Cataract this last weekend? The gauge said 9-10k, but it felt a lot larger than that.

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I don't know much about Cataract, but you might notice that the gage site has a disclaimer reading "Provisional Data Subject to Revision." After a major debris flow/ sedimentation event, the shape of the bottom can change, throwing off the gage calculations. The USGS people go out to re-survey the bottom at each gage on a regular basis, and then recalculate the data as needed. This is according to my husband Mike, who is a hydrologist.
Also, the water seems to act differently when it is so heavily loaded with sediment, especially where swirlies are concerned. Mike says this is due to density currents down below. It can look like "Big Water" even when it isn't.
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Old 09-05-2014   #14
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We'll, we were on Cat at around 9-10 recently, after several upstream flashes, and it did seem like pretty "big water".
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Curious, are you guys wearing dry gear this time of year? Leaving Tuesday for a kayak self support and not sure if I should even bring the dry top....I will have fleece and a Marmot goretex rain suit. Looks like there's really only 3 places where I should expect to get splashed correct? Don't really want to pack the drytop if I'm not going to wear it.

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