#Snowpack news: Halfway through the snow accumulation season the #ArkansasRiver basin #runoff prospects are looking good

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map February 23, 2020 via the NRCS.

From The Pagosa Sun (Chris Mannara):

This week, [San Juan River watershed] snow water equivalency (SWE) is listed at 19.5 inches. Last week it was 19.1 inches.

The precipitation average increased from last week, going from 23.7 inches to 25.2 inches this week.

Arkansas Valley cantaloupe planting April 2012 photo via The Pueblo Chieftain

From KOAA.com (Tyler Dumas):

The National Weather Service is reporting that the Arkansas River Basin’s snowpack, which feeds into the Arkansas River, is at about 116 percent of its average.

At this rate, chile and cantaloupe farmers downstream can expect a good amount of water coming their way by the time the run off starts.

“People that are use to getting water, farmers, municipalities, they should be getting their normal load. If we continue to build up a bigger snowpack, then more people are going to get water as the year moves on,” said service hydrologist, Tony Anderson.

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