San Juan Water Supply Outlook, February 1, 2008

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

Contents

San Juan Summary

Last month's streamflows were average to above average across the San Juan Basin. Some notables were Vallecito inflow of 125% and San Juan near Bluff with 135%. Last month's precipitation was much above average with 210%. The seasonal precipitation was above average with 130%. The snowpack across the entire basin as of February 1st increased from 130% to 155% of average. On February 1st, snowpack in the Upper San Juan Basin was particularly high with 170% of average while the Animas Basin was 150%. The storm totals from February 1st through the 4th was factored into the streamflow forecast. Northwest flow will continue across the San Juan Basin into early next week with most of the moisture forecast to stay north. The streamflow forecast was increased for all of the forecast points this month due to the increase in snowpack over the entire San Juan Basin.



*Median of forecasts within each basin.


San Juan Basin Conditions




* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
Click for multi-month Graph.


San Juan Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

Click site name for graph.
Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
10%
Exceedance
Volume
San Juan
Pagosa Springs April-July240345153450
Carracas, Nr April-July430650160935
Navajo Res, Archuleta, Nr April-July89513001661810
Farmington April-July149020001652510
Bluff, Nr April-July145020701682690
Rio Blanco
Pagosa Springs, Nr, Blanco Dam, Blo April-July6486162112
Navajo
Chromo, Nr, Oso Div Dam, Blo April-July73105152146
Piedra
Arboles, Nr April-July230370161555
Los Pinos
Vallecito Res, Bayfield, Nr April-July205285139385
Animas
Durango April-July485680155925
Florida
Lemon Res, Durango, Nr April-July6180138103
La Plata
Hesperus April-July233514050
Mancos
Mancos, Nr April-July295015271
South Ck
Lloyd's Rsvr Nr Monticello, Abv March-July1.42.61984.3

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).

San Juan Reservoir Contents (kaf)

Usable
Capacity
EOM
Contents
Percent
Usable
Capacity
Last Year
EOM
Last Year
%Capacity
untitled Los Pinos
Vallecito Res, Bayfield, Nr 125.4 76.0 61 76.1 61
untitled San Juan
Navajo Res, Archuleta, Nr 1701.3 1455.7 86 1546.5 91
untitled Florida
Lemon Res, Durango, Nr 39.8 22.4 56 33.2 83
untitled
TOTAL 1866.5 1554.1 83 1655.8 89

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 1971-2000 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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Hydrologist: Cox