April 1 snowpack numbers: BLEAK! - Mountain Buzz
 



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Old 04-02-2012   #1
 
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April 1 snowpack numbers: BLEAK!

Yo Buzzards,

No surprise here, but I looked at the April 1 snowpack reports, and its really bleak. I like looking at the following reports because they break down the major river basins into sub-basins (ie clear creek, boulder creek). Below are the links to 2002, and 2012, and they are pretty close to each other. I looked at a couple of my favorite runs to see how flows were in 2002 and it was horrible. Before opening up the links, make sure any firearms are locked up.

The only hope I have is that Bailey and Gore ran at low flows for a good part of the season in 2002 and I am hoping for the same this year.

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/...12/basnco4.txt


http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/...02/basnco4.txt

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Old 04-02-2012   #2
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the durango herald graphs the san juan basin bleakness for you. looks like we are on target to run out of snow by the end of april.

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The fact that the snow has stopped accumulating and started melting a few weeks ago is almost more worrisome than the lack of a snowpack. At this rate it seems like we could peak a month ahead of schedule. Flows on the poudre doubled overnite to over 200 cfs today. Average is 75 cfs for April 2.
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my god, the mayans were right
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What does NM look like? I thought they were getting some good snow?
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What does NM look like? I thought they were getting some good snow?

Looks like plenty of snow fell, but it's all melting away - eh?

ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/data/snow/update/nm.txt
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Does this mean we start planning a Memorial Day Big South trip?
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http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/...mal_update.pdf

I just threw up a little bit. Visual representation.

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Yea needless to say we are not going to have a year like last one here on the Ark.. The good news is that we used 0 flow program water last year and they plan on bringing over around 50k acre feet down Lake Creek - so there will be a season on Lake this year. Also there is enough water in place for releases this summer to keep the ditch up to a reasonable flow.

Fair to say it is not going to be the epic water of the past few years but we are super lucky here in BV to have the flow program water in place to give us 600 - 700cfs until Aug 15th. From what I remember the lowest wave down at the BV park is super fun in that range...
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Yea needless to say we are not going to have a year like last one here on the Ark.. The good news is that we used 0 flow program water last year and they plan on bringing over around 50k acre feet down Lake Creek - so there will be a season on Lake this year. Also there is enough water in place for releases this summer to keep the ditch up to a reasonable flow.

Fair to say it is not going to be the epic water of the past few years but we are super lucky here in BV to have the flow program water in place to give us 600 - 700cfs until Aug 15th. From what I remember the lowest wave down at the BV park is super fun in that range...
I am willing to bet they can not up hold that promise this season.... I will go as far to say it will not be at 600cfs august 1. watch.
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