Upper #SanJuanRiver #snowpack, #drought and streamflow report — The #PagosaSprings Sun

From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 59.2 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Based on 86 years of water records at this site, the lowest recorded flow rate for this date is 20 cfs, recorded in 1951.

The highest recorded rate for this date was in 1987 at 348 cfs. The average flow rate for this date is 98 cfs.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Piedra River near Arboles was flowing at a rate of 51.4 cfs.

The highest recorded rate for this date was 460 cfs in 1987.

The lowest recorded rate for this date was 50 cfs in 1965.

Based on 59 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for that date is 122 cfs.

Snow report

Pagosa’s high country received a small dusting this past week, with Wolf Creek Ski Area reporting 2 inches of fresh snowfall Wednesday morning.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Water and Climate Center’s snow pack report, the Wolf Creek summit, at 11,000 feet of elevation, had 3.5 inches of snow water equivalent as of 1 p.m. on Nov. 10.

The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins were at 69 percent of the Nov. 10 median in terms of snow pack.

Colorado Drought Monitor map November 9, 2021.

Drought report

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was last updated on Nov. 2.

The NIDIS website indicates 100 percent of Archuleta County is abnormally dry.

The percentage of the county in a moderate drought is listed at 70.86, which is up slightly from the previous report of 70.79 percent.

The NIDIS website also notes that 47.66 percent of the county is in a severe drought stage, consistent with last week’s report.

Additionally, the NIDIS website notes that 10.33 of the county remains in an extreme drought, consistent with last week’s report.

No portion of the county is in an exceptional drought.

For more information and maps, visit: https://www.drought.gov/states/Colorado/county/Archuleta.

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