#Snowpack news: #SanJuan River watershed SWE = 95% of normal

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map February 2, 2020 via the NRCS.

From The Pagosa Sun (Chris Mannara):

Hatcher Lake is currently 3 inches from full, or 99.07 percent full. Last week it was 1 inch from full.

Stevens Lake is 27 inches from full, or 91.96 percent full. Last week it was 32 inches from full.

Lake Pagosa went from being 5 inches from full to 2 inches from full this week.

Village Lake remains full, while Lake Forest remains 3 inches from full.

Total diversion flows remain at 4.5 cubic feet per second (cfs), with the West Fork diversion still contribut- ing 3 cfs and the Four Mile diversion remaining at 1.5 cfs.

Snow water equivalency (SWE) is currently at 17.7 inches. Last week it was 16.4 inches.

The SWE median has also in- creased, by 0.6 inches, going from 16.3 inches to 16.9 inches this week.

This week, SWE data is 104.7 percent of median; last week it was 100.6 percent of median.

Precipitation has increased 1.9 inches since last week, going from 16.6 inches to 18.5 inches this week.

The precipitation average in- creased as well, going from 18.9 inches to 19.9 inches.

Precipitation data is currently 93 percent of median; last week it was 87.8 percent of median.

From The Pagosa Sun (Chris Mannara):

Even with light snowfall ex-perienced last week, local basins have seen a 7 percent decrease in snowpack totals, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins have a collective snowpack total this week of 108 percent of median. Last week, that total was 115 percent of median.

This week, the Upper San Juan site is 95 percent of median. Last week, it was 104 percent of median.

The Wolf Creek summit dropped 4 percent from last week, going from 96 percent of median to 92 percent of median this week.

The National Weather Service’s local forecast for Pagosa Springs does not list a chance of snow through Sunday. Wolf Creek Pass has the same forecast.

At the Upper Rio Grande Basin, a 6 percent decrease was reported as totals fell from 115 percent of median to 109 percent of median this week.

The Arkansas River Basin saw a slight decrease from last week, go- ing from 113 percent of median to 112 percent of median this week.

Snowpack totals have remained at 114 percent of median at the Yampa and White River basins.

A 2 percent decrease was re- ported at the Laramie and North Platte River basins as snowpack totals dropped from 108 percent of median to 106 percent of median.

Last week, the South Platte River Basin was 114 percent of median. This week, it is 111 percent of me- dian.

The Upper Colorado River Ba- sin’s snowpack totals have stayed at 109 percent of median since last week.

A 3 percent decrease was re- corded at the Gunnison River Basin as snowpack totals went from 108 percent last week to 105 percent of median this week.

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