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Well, it looks like we're gonna see a decent season next year if things keep going like they are... :mrgreen:

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/cgibin/snowup-graph.pl?state=CO

as of 9 JAN 05:

GUNNISON RIVER BASIN 140%
UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN 100%
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN 93%
LARAMIE AND NORTH PLATTE RIVER BASINS 93%
YAMPA AND WHITE RIVER BASINS 91%
ARKANSAS RIVER BASIN 120%
UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN 141%
SAN MIGUEL, DOLORES, ANIMAS AND SAN JUAN RIVER BASINS 142%

...and there is a big storm headed here in a day or so. :D

the problem with this is that Powell Reservoir will rise enough to snuff out any hope of seeing Glen Canyon empty. :cry:
 

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And, as of 1/10 it looks like this, and the forecast for the mountains is snow all week.

GUNNISON RIVER BASIN 153%
UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN 106%
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN 95%
LARAMIE AND NORTH PLATTE RIVER BASINS 97%
YAMPA AND WHITE RIVER BASINS 94%
ARKANSAS RIVER BASIN 123%
UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN 146%
SAN MIGUEL, DOLORES, ANIMAS AND SAN JUAN RIVER BASINS 150%

Pretty frickin' sweet, although if you look at ski resorts by snow depth you can see who really is going to have an epic year... You have to go down 27 places before you find Wolf Creek. :shock:

http://www.skicentral.com/snowdepth.html
 

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The snow is gettin too deep up here around Buena – It is over arm pit deep fresh – step off a sled or board and you are up to yo (red) neck – bottomless deep pow – I have been out for the past 5 days and would go out again today if my legs would work.

This is no doubt the most snow we have had in the mtns around here this century- for this time of the year – too early to tell if it will be a great water year but we are well on our way to a good water year.

Here is a cool graph of the past 4 years on the ARK and how we measure up -

http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/data/basinplotark05.html
 

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official NOAA report from 3:30 this afternoon ::::>

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
333 PM MST MON JAN 10 2005

COZ003-004-009-010-012-013-017>019-UTZ023-025-028-110600-
EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-FLAT TOPS-GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...BUFORD...
TRAPPERS LAKE...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...MANILA...DUTCH JOHN...MONTICELLO AND VICINITY...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...RIO BLANCO...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...SKYWAY

333 PM MST MON JAN 10 2005

...WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN
COLORADO THROUGH 11 PM MST TUESDAY...

PERIODS OF SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. AN ADDITIONAL FOOT OR MORE OF NEW SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM THIS LONG DURATION WINTER STORM WILL RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 FEET...WITH UP TO 6 FEET POSSIBLE ALONG THE HIGHER SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST UTAH. IN ADDITION TO SNOW...STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS FROM
20 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO NEAR 60 MPH WILL OCCUR...ESPECIALLY OVER RIDGETOPS AND EXPOSED AREAS. THIS WILL CREATE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.
 

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just to keep it real, don't forget last season. same weather patterns for the most part this time of year and then came that long hot drought of march that fucked the hole thing up...... live in the moment and dig the plentiful pow pow.
powder to the people.
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as of 1/11

GUNNISON RIVER BASIN 164%
UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN 129%
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN 95%
LARAMIE AND NORTH PLATTE RIVER BASINS 101%
YAMPA AND WHITE RIVER BASINS 100%
ARKANSAS RIVER BASIN 124%
UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN 148%
SAN MIGUEL, DOLORES, ANIMAS AND SAN JUAN RIVER BASINS 163%

Ya last year march sucked, but the year before that march was incredible, so I guess it's just a roll of the dice, but I'll take lots of snow any time of the year!
 
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