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Old 02-07-2009   #1
 
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Salt River Soon...

Hey Buzzards! A few of us are planning a Salt Trip soon. Even if its low. Maybe next week? Is the Presidentz Day trip going on? Anyone interested?

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Salt is at 492 cfs right now - for a raft I think a minimum flow is 800-900ish, with 1,200 being a decent flow for a heavy rig. We will see what happens this week, but for now I am not planning on it.

The forecast for next weekend (in Globe, 3500 ft - roughly river put-in elevation) is highs around 50 and lows around 30, partly to mostly cloudy, rain on Monday. The Show Low forecast (6,400 ft - somewhat representative of the snowpack level) is for highs of 40 and lows in the teens with snow possible. Based on that forecast I doubt that there will be enough melting to get a decent flow. The good news is that as of today the snowpack is at 126% of normal. Maybe we will get a window before permit season of warm enough weather for a good melt and good times.
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The snow is there, but the temps aren't warm enough for it to runoff.

There also hasn't been a rain event like last year that spiked the flows to 60,000 CFS and made the base flow for all of February good.

I'm guessing for a snow melt peak after mid-March and giving up an early March launch.

You can get the snow level temps here: SNOTEL Data Report - Daily Readings

Min temps need to stay above freezing to get a runoff.
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Old 02-07-2009   #4
 
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a march 3rd put in. 1000 cfs at least for a 14ft gear boat ? Come on sunshine.
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Old 02-08-2009   #5
 
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It looks like I was overly pessimistic.

The NWS is forecasting a good rise this week: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Phoenix: Salt River near Chrysotile -Salt River Canyon
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Word is the prediction is 2000 by Tuesday. There is supposed to be rain all week on the White Mountains. Hopefully it'll go for the weekend.
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?????? - the current prediction for near Chrysotile -Salt River Canyon is about 400 cfs on Tuesday - is there a way to get a prediction further into the future?
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raftus - it changed - probably due to colder than previously predicted temps.
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I x-ski'ed on the top of the watershed this afternoon. 8-12"s of new powder on a pretty much history Dec. snowpack. The forecast for the upcoming week is warmer. Good luck with the Salt flows. A week at best unless we are treated to more wet stuff.
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You can look farther into the future here:
SALT - CHRYSOTILE, NR (SLCA3)

But as noted, these predictions are very changeable.
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