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April 18, 2024 River Report


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April 18, 2024 at 10:20am

 

Summary: 

This past week brought mixed feelings with the early arrival of spring to the Roaring Fork Watershed, as sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures melted snow and greened the landscape. Seven of eight SNOTEL sites in the watershed are measuring decreases in snow water equivalent from a week ago, including significant 3+ inch decreases at the lowest elevation sites (McClure Pass, Nast Lake, North Lost Trail). As a result, snowpack in the watershed dropped to 106% of normal for this time of year. Simultaneously, because of melting snowpack, local rivers and streams have increased from a week ago, flowing 77-111% of normal. While mid-elevation snowmelt is driving this process, much of the high elevation snowpack remains.

 

 

Stream flow, diversion and reservoir data acquired from U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Colorado Division of Water Resources, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Roaring Fork Watershed stream gages: www.roaringfork.org/your-watershed/river-flow/

Colorado drought conditions: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

 


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