#Snowpack news April 3, 2023 West snowpack basin-filled map April 2, 2023 via the NRCS. Colorado snowpack basin-filled map April 2, 2023 via the NRCS. Normal peak snowpack date for the San Juans is April 2. Not that you can't have more snowfall after this. But given the angle of the sun and warmer temperatures, the snow becomes isothermal and begins its overall melt period.Could still end season record high! #cowx pic.twitter.com/6P80Vc6Pps— Becky Bolinger (@ClimateBecky) April 2, 2023 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading...
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What will this do for reservoir levels in the Colorado River Basin?
That’s still up in the air a bit. Reclamation will release their forecast this week but expect a tug of war between the Upper and Lower Basin. John Fleck says it is likely that they will release 9 MAF to Mead: https://coyotegulch.blog/2023/04/05/deadpool-diaries-in-march-2023-the-riogrande-coloradoriver-snowpack-went-bonkers-john-fleck-inkstain-coriver-aridification/ and the Upper folks want to fill the Colorado River reservoirs like Blue Mesa and Flaming Gorge. Reclamation has the say on the reservoirs that they operate and expect them to protect hydropower first. Here’s another recent write-up about the snowpack from Jonathan P. Thompson: https://coyotegulch.blog/2023/04/02/saturation-watch-4-1-snowpack-update-unprecedented-precipitation-probably-not-but-a-whopper-of-a-winter-nonetheless-land_desk-animasriver-doloresriver-coloradoriver-coriver-aridificati/.
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