Runoff

February 23, 2012--Colorado: Water managers eye spring runoff (Summit Voice)

Even though it feels like winter is just getting started in the high country, Colorado water managers are starting to think about spring runoff, flooding and water storage. Denver Water will issue its first spring reservoir outlook early next month after the March 1 snowpack figures have been compiled, and the National Weather Service this week issued its first outlook for flood potential.


February 20, 2012--West: Regional water outlook still uncertain (Summit Voice)

Low season flows into Lake Powell have been near normal in recent weeks, with the Colorado River delivering about 356,000 acre feet (99 percent of average) during January, leaving the reservoir about 63 feet below full pool.


January 9, 2012--Study: Hail may disappear from Colorado's Front Range by 2070 (Summit Daily)

Summertime hail could all but disappear from the eastern flank of Colorado's Rocky Mountains by 2070, says a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.


January 6, 2012--It’s a winterless wonderland across U.S. (Durango Herald)

Nationwide, the lack of snow is costing tens of millions of dollars in winter recreation, restaurant, lodging and sporting goods sales, experts said. “Early in the winter, the Southwest saw some heavy snow, as did parts of the Northeast clobbered by snow around Halloween and Thanksgiving that has since melted. The Pacific Northwest has seen snow recently.


December 24, 2011--Rocky Mountain region water districts investing in cloud-seeding (Denver Post)

With the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District facing steep revenue declines, district manager Frank Kugel realized the season's cloud-seeding budge


December 21, 2011--Sierra snow drought could be one for record books (USA Today)

The situation couldn't be more different from this time last year, when the Lake Tahoe Basin's snowpack was at more than twice the normal levels. On Tuesday, Tahoe's snowpack was 10 percent of average. The situation not only affects the ski slopes but also the water supply. Dry western states' primary source of water all year is snow melt.


December 21, 2011--Colorado statewide snowpack well below average (Denver Post)

Colorado's snowpack level is lagging the historical average, despite a recent snowstorm. On Tuesday, the statewide snowpack was 77 percent of the 30-year average for the date. Snowpack in several river basins is below average, although the Upper Rio Grande in southern Colorado is at 104 percent of average. Melting snow from the mountains provides much of water in the state's waterways.

November 25, 2011--Colorado Farm Bureau votes in favor of giving state engineer more flexibility (Windsor Now)

Marc Arnusch sees no need to downplay the significance of the water rights policy. “We took the most powerful step on water we’ve made in a while,” the Weld County farmer said earlier this week, referring to the Colorado Farm Bureau supporting a policy that would give more flexibility to the Office of the State Engineer in controlling the state’s water resources.


July 23, 2011--SNOTEL site may improve water forecasts (Cortez Journal)

Each spring, water officials in Montezuma County play a guessing game with Mother Nature. The game is centered around water and goes a little something like this: "When will the snow start to melt? When will McPhee Reservoir start to fill? How much water will be part of this year's runoff?" The game is also played by others in the region.


July 21, 2011--More water to flow for Rio Grande Compact (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bigger than expected spring runoff has led state water officials to increase the amount of water to be sent downstream under the Rio Grande Compact. The adjustment, which came in part because of a high-elevation snowpack that eluded runoff forecasts, means irrigation ditches on the Rio Grande and Conejos rivers will face increased curtailments.


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