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[cdt-l] Snow Pack

Thanks David, for the update on the Wolf Creek area.  According to the 
Department of Agriculture, the Rio Grande River Basin has over three times 
the amount of snow this year compared to the same time last year.  A good 
site, I recommend it to anyone planning a thru-hike, is the US Department of 
Agriculture Natural Resources page:             
Here you can get snowpack depths, percentage of normals, resevoir levels, 
river gage info and countless other valuable or redundant numbers.  There 
are literally hundreds of "data sites" from deadman to wolf creek pass to 
beartown.  The best stats, I think, are for "total snow depth" and 
"snow/water equivalent percentage of normal".  Growing up in the Wasatch I 
learned its not always the foot of snow that matters, but how much water 
that foot contains.

According to Snowtel, wolf creek summit has seen about 101 percent of normal 
snow/water equivalent this year (prior to the always heavy spring snows of 
course).  That is much greater than the last two, relatively dry, years.  
(Tell that to the thru-hikers post holing out of the pass!)  Anyway, this 
site is invaluable to the prospective hiker who does not live in the four 
corners area and is unable to moniter the winter/spring precipitation daily. 
  For river depths and flood warnings in the area check out the fabulous 
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center site at:  http://www.cbrfc.gov


>From: "David Patterson" <wr_ddp@hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>To: cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [cdt-l] Snow Pack
>Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 02:14:55
>Just got back from a trip to S. Colorado and the Hot Springs in Pagosa. 
>Creek ski area has received over 300" of snow this year. Snow depth at the
>pass was 2.5-3 feet deep.
>Note that the ranges in New Mexico have received quite a bit of snow too.
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