massive early runoff setting record flows for southwest colorado rivers
Thank God for all the heavy January snowfall we got, cause the really dry and extremly warm March so far is melting snow very rapidly, but creating record flows on many rivers. The San Miquel, Dolores at Dolores, San Juan at Pagosa Springs, The Piedra at Arboles, and the Animas at Durango have all shattered high flow records for March 18 and 19th so far with more certain to be broken. The largest increase is definitely on the Piedra, just crushing the old record of 1300 cfs in 1995, with over 1800 today. The San Juan destroyed a 80 year old record for the past 2 days now, but 2 rivers broke their 105 year records. The great Dolores broke its 105 record yesterday and today set in 2007 at around 700 cfs, with mighty 1050 cfs, and the Animas at Durango broke its 105 year record set on 1916 at 1200cfs this morning with a new high of 1300 cfs. I know this is fantastic news for great early boating and the warm weather definitely makes much more fun,so get on it. Next week we return to more of a normal March pattern with moisture returning. This could be one of the best boating years we have had in a long time, we are going to floss a small creek called Anthracite today, this will be my first March boating trip yet. I'm an IK'r so I do my best to avoid 40 degree water and like fair warm weather.