Dry week across Pagosa Country — The #PagosaSprings Sun #SanJuanRiver #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Click the link to read the article on The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney). Here’s an excerpt:

As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, Wolf Creek Ski Area is reporting a total of 251 inches of snowfall for the season so far.

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 25.1 inches of snow water equivalent as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9. That amount is 121 percent of that date’s median snow water equivalent and is up from last week’s reading on Feb. 2 of 24.1 inches of snow water equivalent. The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan river basins were at 95 percent of the Feb. 9 median in terms of snow pack.

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 48.4 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. Based on 86 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for this date is 61 cfs. The highest recorded rate for this date was in 2015 at 116 cfs. The lowest recorded rate was 27 cfs, recorded in 1964.

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