Upper #SanJuanRiver Condition Report — The #PagosaSprings Sun #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

Click the link to read the article on the Pagosa Springs Sun (Josh Pike) website. Here is an exerpt :

Rivers and drought

The San Juan River’s flow on July 27 around 9 a.m. was 148 cubic feet per second (cfs), according to the US Geological Service’s (USGS) National Water Dashboard. This is down from an overnight peak of 191 cfs at 12:30 a.m. on July 27. Those numbers are down from a recent peak throughput of 328 cfs at 8:45 p.m. on July 25. However, flows are up from last week’s reading of 113 cfs which occurred at 9am on July 20.

Colorado Drought Monitor map from July 26, 2022.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) reports that 100% of the county is experiencing drought.

Although June 2022 was the second wettest June in 128 years, with 2.48 inches above normal precipitation, 2022 to date is the 33rd driest in 128 years, with 2.48 inches above normal. 84 inches of precipitation less than normal, according to NIDIS. The NIDIS places the entire county in moderate drought… The NIDIS also places 46% of the county, primarily the southern and western portions, in severe drought.

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