#Drought news: No change in depiction for #Colorado

Click here to go to the US Drought Monitor website. Here’s an excerpt:

This Week’s Drought Summary

It was a mixed picture for the dry areas across the country. Widespread rainfall totals exceeding 2 inches fell from northeast Montana to north-central North Dakota, with a swath of 4 to 6 inches soaking part of northwest North Dakota. Farther east, generally under an inch fell on northeastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota near the Canadian border, with amounts increasing to the south. Between 0.5 and 2.0 inches of rain fell on the climatologically-wetter areas of the Pacific Northwest on the west side of the Cascades and along the immediate coast, and 0.5 to 1.0 inch fell on northwestern Montana and part of adjacent Idaho. Other parts of the Northwest recorded less than 0.5 inch, with only a few tenths of an inch falling on most of interior Washington and Oregon. Very little, if any, precipitation fell farther to the south, from central Oregon and Idaho southward through the Far West, and roughly the western half of the Four Corners region. Rainfall was highly variable through south Texas and the Southeast (not uncommon during summer). Several small areas from south Georgia, north Florida, and Alabama westward received over 2 inches of rain, with isolated amounts reaching nearly 6 inches in south Texas. Rainfall was considerably sparser from central and north Georgia through the Carolinas, where most sites recorded only a few tenths of an inch. Outside the contiguous states, light to moderate rains fell on north-central and central Puerto Rico while little or none was observed along the southern tier of the Commonwealth. Historically heavy out-of-season rains soaked parts of the leeward areas across Hawaii, with over 4 inches soaking Honolulu within 24 hours – more than any prior full month of June on record brought…


Another week of moderate to heavy rain in northeast Montana eliminated any residual abnormal dryness there. Conditions also improved in southwestern Montana, but dryness and drought persisted or intensified from the Northwest coast through west-central Montana. Recent dryness prompted D0 expansion through west-central Montana and adjacent Idaho, east-central Washington, and part of southwest Oregon while moderate drought was extended slightly farther south in coastal western Oregon. Moderate to severe drought, with subnormal weekly precipitation, persisted from north Idaho westward through northern and western Washington and northwestern Oregon. The drought is becoming fairly entrenched in parts of the Pacific Northwest, but no increase in D1 or D2 coverage seemed appropriate at this time…

Looking Ahead

During the next 5 days (July 3 – 7, 2019), much of Florida, southeastern Georgia, and the eastern Carolinas are expecting between 1 and 2 inches of rain, and over an inch is also anticipated in central and eastern sections of northern Minnesota. But other areas of dryness and drought across the contiguous 48 states should receive less, likely providing little if any benefit. Areas of North Dakota and western Minnesota along the Canadian border anticipate a few tenths of an inch, as do most areas from Texas eastward through central and north Georgia. Little precipitation, if any, is forecast for the dry areas from west Montana and the Pacific Northwest southward through the Far West, Great Basin, and Four Corners region. Unusually mild weather from the north Intermountain West through the northern Plains should at least slow any tendency toward increasing dryness there, but hotter-than-normal conditions in the Southeast may temper benefits that might result from moderate rainfall.

The CPC 6-10 day outlook (July 8-12, 2019) favors wetter-than-normal weather in the Southeast, the northern Plains, north and west Texas, the northern Intermountain West, and the Alaska Panhandle. Meanwhile, enhanced chances for abnormally dry weather exist in south Texas and in parts of western Washington and Oregon. The mild temperatures expected during the first week of July should continue in east Montana and the western Dakotas, but abnormally warm weather is favored in the West Coast states, the Intermountain West, the southern Plains, and the southeastern quarter of the country.

Just for grins take a journey back in time with early July US Drought Monitor maps back to 2010.

@ColoradoClimate: Weekly #Climate, Water and #Drought Assessment of the Intermountain West

Click here to read the current assessment. Click here to go to the NIDIS website hosted by the Colorado Climate Center.

Grandma Miriam: The OG Everything — Katie Klingsporn

My first Mother’s Day as a mom inspired me to write this piece, which was originally published May 31 in the Telluride Daily Planet. It’s been a rainy few days, and when I walk into my mom’s house, I am hit with an unmistakable smell. Over at the stove, she is browning oyster mushrooms. I […]

via Grandma Miriam: The OG Everything — Katie Klingsporn

#Runoff news: Twin Lakes will fill sometime tomorrow so they will stop diverting from the Roaring Fork

Water from the Roaring Fork River basin heading east out of the end of the Twin Lakes Tunnel (June 2016). Photo: Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

From TheDenverChannel.com (Stephanie Butzer):

The Roaring Fork River is expected to, well, roar a little more in the coming days.

Experts say the river, which is a 70-mile tributary of the Colorado River that runs through the Roaring Fork Valley, is expected to overflow soon.

Rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley will see an increase of flows this week as temperatures warm and kickstart more melting of snowpack at higher elevations.

Twin Lakes Colorado Canal Company has informed officials in Pitkin County that its space in the Twin Lakes Reservoir will fill on the Fourth of July. Once that occurs, Twin Lakes will stop diverting water from the Roaring Fork River and Lincoln Creek through a tunnel at Grizzly Reservoir. Instead, this water will be released into the Roaring Fork River…

The water flow, which is measured in cubic feet per second (cfs), has increase dramatically in the past few days. April Long, the Clean River Program manager in Aspen, said the Roaring Fork River reached 850 cfs on June 21, dipped down to 300 cfs a few days later, but climbed back up to 900 cfs this past weekend. By Monday morning, it had reached 970. Without a diversion of the water coming from the Twin Lakes system, the river could reach 1400 cfs by Friday, Long said. This will depend on remaining snowpack, temperatures, cloud cover and precipitation.

That sort of water flow was last seen in 2015 and 2016, when it maxed out at 1680 and 1160 cfs, respectively.

Rick Larafo, director with the Roaring Fork Conservancy, said predicting peak river flow has been a challenge this year…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a flood advisory for the Crystal River, which is a tributary of the Roaring Fork River, near Redstone in Pitkin County. Redstone sits about 30 minutes south of Carbondale.

Red Cliff miner dinner 1888

From 9News.com (Janet Oravetz):

Two homes have flooded and a bridge was nearly washed away by rising water from the Turkey Creek in the small town of Red Cliff.

Volunteers spent Sunday night into Monday morning filling sandbags along Turkey Creek which runs through the small town of Red Cliff in Eagle County about 9 miles south of Minturn.

In a tweet just before midnight Sunday, the county asked for volunteers to fill the sandbags. They asked anyone who could help to come to the Green Bridge Inn on Water Street.

All that wasn’t enough to keep the water from creeping into at least two homes…

One big worry is that in Red Cliff gas lines run under many of the bridges and if the bridges were to wash out so would the gas lines.

One bridge is sinking and in danger of washing away. Lenard Sandoval and several other residents helped save another bridge and gas line.

“The water started flowing over the bridge and we didn’t want to lose that because it would be a disaster,” Sandoval said. “We had to remove a few trees and big stumps floating down the river.”

Eagle County and Eagle River Fire helped with sand and sandbagging and Xcel is watching the gas lines. Everyone will be keeping a close eye on the water levels in the coming days…

Early Monday afternoon, the county government put out a warning to residents that, rivers and creeks in Eagle County were running high and were full of large debris due to recent rain and snowmelt.

View down Clear Creek from the Empire Trail 1873 via the USGS

From Patch.com (Amber Fisher):

Runoff from this winter’s heavy snowfall has prompted restricted access to Clear Creek. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and the Golden Police Department are limiting waterway activities on the creek.

The restrictions will remain until the water levels decrease.

Two people were rescued from Clear Creek Friday after falling off their tubes near Billy Drew Bridge. They were taken to a hospital in fair condition.

Body surfing and swimming are prohibited under the order. All single-chambered air inflated devices — such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts — are also prohibited.

Kayaks, whitewater canoes, multi-chambered professionally guided rafts, river boards, and stand up paddle boards are exempt; however, those who use them must wear a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard-approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.

Green Mountain Reservoir, on the Blue River between Kremmling and and Silverthorne, was built for Western Slope interests. Photo/Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District via The Mountain Town News.

From email from Reclamation (James Bishop):

Today, Tuesday, July 2, releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Blue River will increase according to the following schedule:

3:00 p.m. Adjust release to 1,700 cfs
5:00 p.m. Adjust release from 1,700 cfs to 1,900 cfs
7:00 p.m. Adjust release from 1,900 cfs to 2,100 cfs

Releases will remain at 2,100 cfs after 7 p.m. until further notice.