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From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):

River report

The Piedra River near Arboles set a new record low for this date with a flow rate of just 28.9 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of noon on Tuesday, Nov. 23, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The previous record low for this date was set in 1990 at 44 cfs.

The highest recorded rate for this date was 490 cfs in 1987.

Based on 59 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for that date is 107 cfs. According to the USGS, the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 44.4 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of noon on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Based on 86 years of water records at this site, the lowest recorded flow rate for this date is 34 cfs, recorded in 1976.

The highest recorded rate for this date was in 1987 at 360 cfs. The average flow rate for this date is 87 cfs.

Snow report

According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture (USDA) Na- tional Water and Climate Center’s snow pack report, the Wolf Creek summit, at 11,000 feet of eleva- tion, had 3.6 inches of snow water equivalent as of noon on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The San Miguel, Dolores, Ani- mas and San Juan river basins were at 34 percent of the Nov. 17 median in terms of snow pack.

Colorado Drought Monitor map November 23, 2021.

Drought report

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was last updated on Nov. 16.

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 consistent with the previous report.

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

Additionally, the NIDIS website notes that 10.33 percent 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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