[Pagosa Springs] area #snowpack levels down from last year (January 10, 2020) — The #PagosaSprings Sun #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map January 10, 2021 via the NRCS.

From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Simone Mounsamy):

Local basins have seen an 11.11 percent decrease in snowpack totals over the last week, with the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins sitting at 72 percent of median this week, compared to 81 percent of median last week.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), that site was at 117 percent of median this time last year.

A 9 percent decrease was reported for the Wolf Creek summit, with totals going from 111 percent of median to 101 percent of median this week…

Other snowpack reports

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has a snowpack total of 102 percent of median this week. Last year at this time it was 116 percent of median.

At the Arkansas River Basin, totals were 119 percent of median this time last year and are 100 per- cent of median this week.

At the Yampa and White River basins, snowpack totals went from 117 percent of median this time last year to 82 percent of median this week.

The Laramie and North Platte River basins were 112 percent of median this time last year, whereas they are 82 percent of median this week.

The South Platte River Basin’s snowpack total is also 82 percent of median this week. Last year it was 122 percent of median.

Snowpack totals at the Upper Colorado River Basin were 107 percent of median this time last year. This week they are 76 percent of median.

The Gunnison River Basin was 105 percent of median last year. This week, it is 73 percent of median…

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the San Juan River was flowing below the average rate at 43.5 cfs as of Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Based on 85 years of water records, the average flow rate for Jan. 6 is 59 cfs.

The San Juan River had the lowest flow total for Jan. 4 in 1990. The lowest flow total from that year for Jan. 4 was recorded at 24 cfs.

The highest flow total for that date came in 1987, when the San Juan River had a flow of 116 cfs.

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