Colorado Snowpack

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Podzo's PD, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Podzo's PD

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    So far it looks good for the snow pack this year. Estimates are 115% above average state wide. The San Juan's are in good shape but may take until late July to get into those high passes. Last year I was amazed at how low Blue Mesa Res. and a lot of the other western reservoirs.

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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Mud season will be interesting this year.
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    Great maps, Granitic, looks like the upper Green River Basin is the only one at 100% all others are above. :clap
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    Happy to help. BTW, notice AZ.... boondocking in my RV and it is pouring today. Big snow to the north. But still getting in the rides :)
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    It's been so dry for so long down here that we are still in a deficit in our water supply. My wife said it will likely take snowpack hitting 150 percent of historic averages to refill Vallecito Reservoir. I think we are going to going to reach that before the winter is over.
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    patrkbukly Life at 10,000 feet

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    Aspens here ended earlier than ever due to low light.
    Low light was due to lingering smoke.
    Lingering smoke was due to fires.
    Fires were due to no water.
    No water was due to no snow.

    Hoping yellow aspens dont start till late september this year !!!
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    Flagstaff broke a 1915 single day snow record with 31.6" of snow on Thursday. Storm total was almost 4 feet. FWIW, Arizonians are totally clueless about dealing with snow. It would almost be cute if they didn't even try to drive in the snow.
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    Well i am embarrassed to say that there are a lot of colorodans that dont know how to drive in the snow as well.
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    Those are not Coloradans, they just happen to live here.
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    This is what our local weather guy had to say about the current conditions.

    https://durangoweatherguy.com/2019/02/27/

    Here is a detailed look at the snowpack.

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    It is pretty self-explanatory the inches are in water equivalent or what will melt into the rivers etc. I think the last three columns are the most important. They are the average date that the snowpack peaks. The season to date total and the percentage of the peak total so far. If you look at the chart you’ll see that Vallecito usually peaks on April 7th, season to date they are at 123% of average and 103% of the average peak. You can break out the other numbers if you want, 16 inches of liquid is the average peak, so to get to 200% of average (which is what has been projected by some is necessary to completely fill the lake). So 15.5 inches of liquid equivalent is what would be necessary. Sounds like a lot but, it may not be as difficult to get close as you think.
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    Snowpack has been great. Gonna continue to put the miles on the snowmobile this season. The urge for a snowbike kit is strong but I like being able to ride tandem to snowboard spots.
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    Paonia and Crawford where just mud pits by late summer. I mean you could walk at the bottom of them. I know Paonia is heavily sedimented. However, seeing it empty brought the message across.
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    Not gonna be an ice age when every sbow storm comes in at 30 degrees. The beauty of these storms is how little wind we have gotten. Anyway, the snow fields will be around until August I bet.
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    40 mph gusts here. 30 mph steady.
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    Snowmule may be teaching his avalanche classes in Burlington after this one. :clap

    We rode yesterday through Greenland. It was pretty nice, just a few wet spots. Bet it won't be that way next weekend.
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    I'm talking weather patterns not specifically at your house. Silly. Yes this specific storm almost resembles a hurricane. Check the NAM 3k forecast.
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