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Old 04-30-2005   #1
 
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Later Season Means Better Peak?

I was reading the post about weird stuff running and thought that maybe this is good? Last year it seemed like a really good peak kind of trickled away with weird weather patterns. Since it seems to be staying a bit colder for a little while longer maybe we will have a better peak this season? I know we dint have a huge snow-pack but I think that it is at least as good as last year.

Just a theory,

rodda

PS. I am going to A Basin today, 5 inches of fresh stuff, 13 over the past 3 days.

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I guess it is a moot point , because wer'e gonna get what wer'e gonna get,but , Iwish we'd get a more gradual runoff with lots of options at different times and a long season.I think it will be the opposite though, skimpy flows then BLAMO! all hells going to break loose with everything running at once and some at undesireably high levels.Remember a couple of years ago when CLEAR CRK. was only like 200 you could scrape down from tunnel1 then all the sudden it jumped to 900's for a few weeks then died quickly. This may be okay for real solid boaters but didn't allow "warm up " runs for those of us who need them.This could be a real problem for all the newbies that have never seen the flows we are going to get this year, expect plenty of carnage.
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Every once in a while you get these weird Springs that last forever. I think it was '96 or '97 - it stayed relatively cool all summer, rained a whole lot for Colorado, and we still had 1000 cfs in the Animas on September 1st.

Everybody but the boaters were complaining about the "cold" summer.
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Old 04-30-2005   #4
 
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I hope it stays cold and keeps snowing. There is still boating out there right now. Just have to be creative. I think everywhere is loooking good to quite good and IMO the more water the better for a late season!
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Old 04-30-2005   #5
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All at once!

Wouldn't it be nice if it stayed cold and snowy for June and then a heat wave in July. Everything would come down all at once and maybe we'd even see Big Sur on the Colorado back in again, which most boaters these days probably have never seen.

A-Basin has had years where they received over 100 inches of snow in June!

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Old 05-06-2005   #6
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get ready durango...

From NOAA's hydrologic outlook, updated today:

A COOLER AND WETTER WEATHER PATTERN SINCE THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL HAS
RESULTED IN AN EXTENSION OF THE MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK BEYOND ITS NORMAL
PEAK. MANY MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL
THIS PAST SEASON HAVE RETAINED MUCH OF THEIR SNOWPACK INTO THE FIRST
WEEK OF MAY. THIS HAS HEIGHTENED THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING IN THE
NEXT FEW WEEKS IN SOME LOCATIONS.

IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO...

THE POTENTIAL FOR SPRING 2005 FLOODING DUE TO SNOWMELT CONTINUES TO
BE ABOVE NORMAL FOR ALL OF THE WATERWAYS WITHIN THE SAN JUAN RIVER
BASIN. AT THIS TIME NO SPECIFIC STREAMS ARE FORECAST TO EXCEED FLOOD
STAGE UNDER NORMAL WEATHER CONDITIONS. HOWEVER...BANKFULL OR OUT OF
BANK...FLOWS ARE VERY POSSIBLE ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO THROUGHOUT
THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

MOST...IF NOT ALL...OF THE MAJOR RESERVOIR SYSTEMS IN SOUTHWEST
COLORADO WILL LIKELY FILL OR COME CLOSE TO FILL DURING THE RUNOFF.

IN WEST CENTRAL COLORADO...

THE POTENTIAL FOR SPRING 2005 FLOODING DUE TO SNOWMELT CONTINUES TO
BE ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE ROARING FORK, GUNNISON, AND DOLORES RIVERS
AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES. PLATEAU CREEK AND ITS TRIBUTARIES IN MESA
COUNTY WILL LIKELY RISE TO AT LEAST BANKFULL...IF NOT
FLOOD...LEVELS. SIMILAR CONDITIONS CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED ON THE
STREAMS AND CREEKS THAT DRAIN THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE GRAND MESA INTO
THE GUNNISON RIVER.
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