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Old 08-08-2008   #1
 
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Dirty D & San Rafael

Watched the news last night and they said it was nuking in the San Rafael swell. Been watching the gauges and seems like things are going pretty good-(not factoring gauge error). They said there was 2 ft of water running across one of the roads near the Fremont. The Fremont gauge has gone offline but the Dirty Devil is running 7000 cfs. The San Rafael swell gauge is off line but Im sure its up at some runable level. It was on a reasonable spike when it went out.

Probably the only chance of the season to run the Dirty D and possibility have decent flows on the Little Grand Canyon and Black Boxes of the San Rafael. Hard to speculate on whats running and plan a trip without accurate gauge info, but the run from Poison Springs to the confluence on the Dirty D could probably be done on this rain event. You put in at where the gauge is reading-(Poison Springs) and run to the confluence of the Colorado. I think its 30 miles with the last mile-from the bridge crossing the river- to the confluence having some 3+ish stuff.

I did this a few years ago when it nuked at between 15,000 and 20,000 and its a amazing class 1-3 stretch-(mostly class 2). With in 15 miles of the confluence your in a really cool box canyon that continues for 10 miles or so. As cool as most the desert/raft runs Ive done in Utah and Ive done most of em. Its not often these types of rain events happen and considering its the weekend it might be something to consider. For all you desert runners its probably one of the runs still left on your tick list.

Watch the flows, make your own decisions and be safe!!!

Sam

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FLOOD WATCHNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SALT LAKE CITY UT1207 PM MDT FRI AUG 8 2008 UTZ009>013-020-021-517-518-090400-/O.CON.KSLC.FF.A.0012.000000T0000Z-080809T0400Z//00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z. OO/WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-WASATCH PLATEAU/BOOK CLIFFS-WESTERN UINTA BASIN-CASTLE COUNTRY-SAN RAFAEL SWELL-SOUTH CENTRAL UTAH-GLEN CANYON RECREATION AREA/LAKE POWELL-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS-1207 PM MDT FRI AUG 8 2008 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THISEVENING.. THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * PORTIONS OF CENTRAL UTAH...NORTHERN UTAH...SOUTHERN UTAH AND SOUTHWEST UTAH...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN CENTRAL UTAH...CASTLE COUNTRY...CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...SAN RAFAEL SWELL AND WASATCH PLATEAU/BOOK CLIFFS. IN NORTHERN UTAH...WESTERN UINTA BASIN AND WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS. IN SOUTHERN UTAH.. GLEN CANYON RECREATION AREA/LAKE POWELL...SOUTH CENTRAL UTAH AND THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS. * UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING * A VERY MOIST AIRMASS REMAINS IN PLACE ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA TODAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE AGAIN TODAY WITH SOME STORMS THIS AFTERNOON LIKELY PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS. * HEAVY RUNOFF FROM THUNDERSTORM RAINS COULD CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF NORMALLY DRY WASHES AND SMALL STREAMS...EVEN QUITE A DISTANCE FROM THE STORM. SLOT CANYONS AND NARROW DRAINAGES SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN THE WATCH AREA TODAY. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEADTO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTIONSHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED. $$

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Old 08-08-2008   #2
 
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Yep, Dirty Devil is BIG and there are LOTS of big thunderstorms over that area now.

USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 09333500 DIRTY DEVIL R AB POISON SP WSH NR HANKSVILLE UT
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anybody have a visual, or any idea if flows will hold through tomorrow for the san rafael? hard to justify a last minute rally to the desert without some solid info. it would be nice to overnight the boxes instead of a long day trip, but i bet the flow will drop quickly.
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sam that trip must have been absolutely magical......

any pics or videos coming out of the flood zones yet? i remember seeing some of the footage from Hanksville last time it did this- during your trip- and it was pretty unreal. 12,000 cfs or something crashing down the Dirty Devil.....thats a lot of water.
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