#Snowpack news: #SanJuanRiver Basin SWE=154% of median #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Upper San Juan River Basin SWE December 6, 2020 via the NRCS

From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):

Snow report

According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture National Water and Climate Center’s snow pack report, the Wolf Creek summit, at 11,000 feet of elevation, had 10.8 inches of snow water equivalent as of 9 a.m. on Dec. 2.

The median snow water equivalent amount for today’s date is 8.8 inches.

The amount of 10.8 inches of snow water equivalent is 145 percent of the Dec. 2 median for this site.

Last week’s reading showed that the Wolf Creek summit had 10.6 inches of snow water equivalent.

The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River Basins were at 82 percent of the Dec. 2 median in terms of snow pack.

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the San Juan River was flowing below the average rate at 45.4 cfs as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Based on 84 years of water records, the average flow rate for this date is 78 cfs.

The highest recorded rate for this date was in 2008 at 253 cfs. The lowest recorded rate was 29 cfs, recorded in 1968.

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map December 6, 2020 via the NRCS.

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