Snowpack news: The South Platte Basin snowpack (55% of avg) now even with 2002 #CODrought




The snow has started at Gulch Manor (6:15 AM) and the South Platte Basin should move past 2002 (the worst year on record) from the current storm.

From The Cortez Journal (Shannon Livick):

The Dolores River is flowing at around 20 cubic feet per second. But it has been lower, said Mike Preston, manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Preston estimated that it’s at the third lowest level ever. This is a bit nerve-wracking for water officials, including Preston, as McPhee Reservoir continues to drop.

The reservoir currently sits at 43,155 acre feet of water, about 98,000 acre feet lower than last year. But it has been lower too. On Nov. 1, 2002, the reservoir stored a mere 4,567 acre feet and on Nov. 1, 2003, that number was 21,943 acre feet. “(On Nov. 1, 2011) McPhee had 140,896 acre feet in active storage compliments of Mother Nature and careful water management. Good thing that we started this high or things would be much worse than they are,” Preston said.

From Steamboat Today (Tom Ross):

Two weeks remain in December and already the snowfall in the city of Steamboat Springs inched past the monthly average of 38.5 inches. Weather observer Art Judson confirmed that December 2012 snowfall at his measuring station between downtown and the mountain unofficially stood at 38.8 inches at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday with heavy snow continuing to fall.

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