Upper Colorado Water Supply Outlook, January 1, 2015

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Prepared by Brenda Alcorn, Greg Smith
NOAA, National Weather Service
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
www.cbrfc.noaa.gov

Contents

Upper Colorado Summary




*Median of forecasts within each basin.


Upper Colorado Mainstem Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Gunnison Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Dolores Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Upper Colorado Mainstem Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Colorado
Lake Granby, Granby, Nr April-July170 240 109 330
Willow Ck
Willow Ck Res, Granby, Nr April-July27 49 104 83
Fraser
Winter Park April-July15.4 21 108 27
Williams Fork
Williams Fork Res, Parshall, Nr April-July77 105 109 145
Muddy Ck
Wolford Mountain Reservoir April-July29 60 111 89
Blue
Dillon Res April-July154 193 118 260
Green Mtn Res April-July255 325 118 450
Colorado
Kremmling, Nr April-July675 975 113 1350
Eagle
Gypsum, Blo April-July255 365 109 525
Colorado
Dotsero, Nr April-July1080 1570 112 2200
Frying Pan
Ruedi Res, Basalt, Nr April-July105 145 104 215
Roaring Fork
Glenwood Springs April-July500 700 101 995
Colorado
Glenwood Springs, Blo April-July1600 2290 109 3250
Cameo, Nr April-July1750 2500 106 3600
Plateau Ck
Cameo, Nr April-July55 80 65 160
Colorado
Cisco, Nr April-July3300 4350 98 6500
Lake Powell, Glen Cyn Dam, At April-July4400 6500 91 9800


Gunnison Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Taylor
Taylor Park Res April-July70 100 101 150
Almont April-July110 157 101 245
East
Almont April-July112 165 91 265
Gunnison
Gunnison, Nr April-July230 350 95 580
Tomichi Ck
Gunnison April-July50 81 109 130
Lake Fork
Gateview April-July91 132 107 175
Gunnison
Blue Mesa Res April-July480 690 102 1000
Morrow Point Res April-July540 750 101 1060
Crystal Res April-July630 840 101 1150
Muddy Ck
Paonia Res, Bardine, Nr March-June45 77 80 110
April-July46 77 79 115
Nf Gunnison
Somerset, Nr April-July160 245 83 330
Surface Ck
Cedaredge April-July6 11 65 20
Uncompahgre
Ridgway Res April-July66 102 101 145
Colona April-July90 138 101 200
Delta April-July60 112 99 175
Gunnison
Grand Junction, Nr April-July1000 1400 95 2090


Dolores Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Dolores
Dolores April-July115 220 90 330
Mcphee Res April-July135 255 86 410
San Miguel
Placerville, Nr April-July75 127 99 180
Dolores
Cisco, Nr April-July176 485 86 820

Differences between the full period forecasts and the residual forecasts may not exactly equal the actual observed volumes due to rounding conventions (see Definitions section).

Upper Colorado End of Month Reservoir Contents (kaf)

EOM
Contents
Percent
EOM
Average
Percent
Usable
Capacity
Last Year
EOM
Last Year
%Average
EOM
Average
Usable
Capacity
untitled Colorado
Lake Granby, Granby, Nr 518.6 138 106 379.6 101 375.1 490.3
untitled Willow Ck
Willow Ck Res, Granby, Nr 8.3 109 91 8.2 107 7.6 9.1
untitled Williams Fork
Williams Fork Res, Parshall, Nr 79.8 120 82 75.0 113 66.5 96.9
untitled Muddy Ck
Wolford Mountain Reservoir 46.1 102 70 43.8 97 45.1 66.0
untitled Blue
Dillon Res 250.9 111 99 241.5 106 226.9 254.0
Green Mtn Res 79.5 88 54 90.4 101 89.8 146.9
untitled Homestake Ck
Homestake Res -9999.0 -99 -99 0.7 2 32.9 43.0
untitled Frying Pan
Ruedi Res, Basalt, Nr 85.0 111 83 83.1 108 76.8 102.0
untitled Plateau Ck
Vega Res, Collbran, Nr 13.9 116 42 14.9 125 12.0 32.9
untitled Taylor
Taylor Park Res 79.4 117 75 71.4 105 68.1 106.2
untitled Gunnison
Blue Mesa Res 574.4 104 69 380.9 69 549.9 829.5
Morrow Point Res 111.9 100 96 107.3 96 111.6 117.0
Crystal Res 15.1 98 86 16.0 104 15.4 17.5
untitled Muddy Ck
Paonia Res, Bardine, Nr 0.7 17 4 0.5 11 4.2 16.7
untitled Uncompahgre
Ridgway Res 76.4 111 92 72.7 106 68.8 83.0
untitled Dolores
Mcphee Res 181.3 67 48 182.4 68 270.1 381.1
untitled
TOTAL 2121.4 107 77 1768.2 87 1987.9 2749.1
Colorado
Lake Powell 11536.7 65 47 10323.8 58 17744.8 24322.0
untitled
TOTAL 11536.7 65 47 10323.8 58 17744.8 24322.0

Precipitation Maps




Definitions

10% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 10% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Reasonable Maximum Forecast".

50% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 50% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Most Probable Forecast".

90% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 90% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Reasonable Minimum Forecast".

Acre-Foot (af): The volume equal to one acre covered one foot deep (43,560 cubic feet). See kaf below.

Average: The arithmetic mean. The sum of the values divided by the number of values. Values from 1981-2010 are used for this publication.

Categories: Much Above Average=Greater than 130%, Above Average=111-130%, Near Average=90-110%, Below Average=70-89%, Much Below Average=Less than 70%.

CBRFC: Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.

Forecast Period: The period from April 1 through July 31, unless otherwise noted.

kaf: Thousand Acre-Feet. See Acre-Foot above.

Inflow: The volume of water that flows into a reservoir or lake.

Median: The middle value of an ordered set of values. Half of the values are higher and half of the values are lower. When the set contains an even number of values the median is the average of the two middle numbers.

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration.

NWS: National Weather Service.

Rounding Conventions:
RangeRound to
0-1.990.01
2.0-19.90.1
20-1991.0
200-9995.0
1000+3 significant digits


Streamflow: The volume of water that flows past a specific stream site.

Water Year: The 12-month period, October 1 through September 30. The water year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends. Thus, the year ending September 30, 2008, is called the "2008 water year."


Additional Information

Water supply forecasts take into consideration present hydrometeorological conditions and use average basin temperatures and precipitation for the forecast period. As the forecast season progresses, a greater portion of the future hydrologic and climatic uncertainty becomes known and monthly forecasts become more accurate. For more information on the tools we use, consult Water Supply Forecasting Tools.

Volume forecasts represent adjusted flows; that is, observed flows with upstream water use taken into account. Adjusted flows will closely approximate natural or unimpaired flows. However, not all upstream diversions or impoundments are measured or quantifiable. For specific adjustments used with each forecast point, consult the Guide to Water Supply Forecasting.

The Water Supply Outlook is issued monthly January through May by the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. It represents a coordinated effort between the National Weather Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey and local water district managers.

Note: Data used in this report are provisional and are subject to revision.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 524-5130
www.cbrfc.noaa.gov


Hydrologist: Brenda Alcorn, Greg Smith