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Old 05-16-2018   #1
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Colorado River Peak?

Thoughts on this? Seems crazy early and crazy low for peak on the Colorado....but I know the Animas just peaked last Friday at a whopping 2000 CFS. I thought us folks in the southwest did worse than those up in the northern parts of the state?

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Old 05-16-2018   #2
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It looks like the Yampa is in the same boat, I wish it wasnt:

Some of the local lore doesn't line up to it peaking yet, maybe we will get a second bump from the high elevation or rain event? Given it is one of the tributaries it adds weight to the article on Colorado river peak as well.
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Old 05-16-2018   #3
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Better get on it while the getting's good:

Colorado SNOTEL Watershed Time Series Snowpack Graphs

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Below is the link to the Snow-to-Flow interactive graphic for Dotsero.

The post article mentioned 1977, 2002 and 2012 so I activated those years just to see how much worse they were. Gee, things could be worse than 2018.

NOAA' 6-10 and 8-14 Outlooks put the central Rockies into above average precip but well above average temps. Hence, we are not likely to get any May SWE kick like dismal year 1981 which looks to have been salvage by late spring dumps.

Year 2000 and 2001 looked like the most similar year to our current situation. Almost identical SWE and flow. They also looks like they had some late May early June high country rains(by interpretation) that added persistence to the runoff.

But squiggles on a screen can't possible tell the whole story but it will be interesting to see how similar, postmortem, 2018 is to 2000 and 2001.
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Tomorrows Flow Report will have a direct link to Andy's Time Series hyperlink titled TS Graph(R3C37)

Thanks Andy. I'd linked to the state NRCS website(column 3 but your suggested link deserves an optimized hyperlink directly to it.
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