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Old 04-26-2011   #1
 
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Snow pack averages

I was forwarded an email from the Colorado Water Conservation Board about potential flooding this spring. This part I found interesting to me as boater, so I thought I would pass it on. Looks like a great year to me. Also if you live in a flood plane get your insurance now, before it is too late


April 21, 2011
CWCB Snowmelt Flood Preparation

Specific Locations of Concern
1. Entire North Platte River Basin (Basin SWE at 148% of average)
2. Entire Yampa and White River Basins (Basin SWE at 141% of average)
3. Entire Upper Colorado River Basin (Basin SWE at 132% of average)
4. Portions of the South Platte River Basin (Basin SWE at 129% of average, with some individual
subbasins notably higher)
Clear Creek, tributary to South Platte River (subbasin SWE at 150% of average)
Poudre River, tributary to South Platte River (subbasin SWE at 166% of average)
Big Thompson River, tributary to South Platte River (subbasin SWE at 144% of average)
5. Portions of the Arkansas River Basin (Basin SWE at 91% of average, with some individual
subbasins notably higher)
Upper Arkansas River Basin (subbasin SWE at 132% of average) - Note that snowmelt is not
anticipated to cause problems on the Arkansas River mainstem below Pueblo Reservoir
6. Portions of the Gunnison River Basin (Basin SWE at 116% of average, with some individual
subbasins notably higher)
North Fork Gunnison River(subbasin SWE at 144% of average)
East River, tributary to Gunnison River (subbasin SWE at 127% of average)
Taylor River, tributary to Gunnison River (subbasin SWE at 149% of average)
Note: The above SWE percentages are based on data obtained April 20, 2011

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It's been snowing on Rabbit Ears, Buff Pass, and the entire upper Yampa Valley for what seems like weeks, oh wait a minute, it really has been for months. Snow is still deep throughout the drainage. And still snowing like hell up here. The snow will still be melting in July.
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For us lucky SJ boaters, it's nice to see the Animas Basin showing some late-season life, too.
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Very nice. You just posted my "hit list" for the season...
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Good data here: ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/data/snow/update/co.txt
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Here are the liquid snowpack contents for the S. Platte and Colorado rivers. Thanks to Denver Water for providing the info!
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The Poudre is at 175 percent now with 10x the normal snow to water equivalency. Its going to be insanely amazing, can't wait. And I thought after last year things couldnt get much better.
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There's even more snow in other western states:
Basin Snow Water Content Map (SNOTEL)
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Holy shit! If ever one could take a summer off this would be it!
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