Pagosa Weather August ’22 Newsletter

Thanks for your support

Big Thank You Waves & News on Presentations, CoCoRaHS, Web Page & Contest Updates

Personal Donations

Special waves to Lana & Toby Summer, Barbara Dickson, and Linda Williams who made generous donations in the last month.

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Your donations will help us take care of the costs of the web page, weather subscriptions and other business expenses.  Most importantly it will ensure that we will be able to provide this free service for everyone for years to come.  Remember, each donor will receive a Pagosa Weather Snow Depth Measurer (yardstick). 

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Donate by Check:  Make the check payable to: Pagosa Weather. Mail to: Pagosa Weather, 135-F Country Center Dr. #142, Pagosa Springs CO 81147

You can pick up your Pagosa Weather Snow Depth Measurer (yardstick) at San Juan Mercantile.  

San Juan Mercantile is a fun store with a wide variety of items. Antiques and Collectibles, tons of Jewelry, Gifts, Handmade Treasures, Knives, Candles, Housewares, Fine Linens, Local Honey, Souvenirs, and Locally made items.  It is at 523 San Juan Street, next to the Barber Shop, across the street from Plaza Liquor.  Thank you, Cindy and her team for being our store front!

Mark, Shawn and I have been truly touched by the support our followers have shown for us!


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On November 3rd, Arleen will be giving a presentation to the San Juan Outdoor Club on our winter outlook. The meeting will be open to the public. San Juan Outdoor monthly meeting are held the first Thursday of each month at the PLPOA Clubhouse. Social time is 6:00 – 6:30pm, Meeting is from 6:30 – 6:45, and the Speaker is from 6:45 to 7:30pm.


Welcome to Lisa, Lorren, Amanda, and Mike as new CoCoRaHS weather observers in the last month!!! Huge thanks to these folks who will be adding their data every day to the database and help hydrologists as they make key decisions during the drought. We now have (or will soon have) vital data from Oak Hill Ranches, San Juan River Village, Trujillo and the lower Navajo River Valley.

Linda will soon be joining us from downtown! We are looking forward to seeing her data! And Udgar on Catchpole may join us this month.

Pagosa Weather is the “CoCoRaHS Coordinator” for Archuleta County and is also a “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador”. Archuleta County is well represented but we still have big data gaps. We really need a volunteer in Arboles, west highway 160, Pagosa Junction, and the upper Blanco. Sign up by filling out this web page: Or send us a note and we can send you more detailed information.

Pagosa Weather will be conducting a snow measuring seminar/pot luck for the CoCoRaHS observers some time in October.

Web Page Additions

Are you wanting to learn more about our weather? We have added several links to our web page in the last few weeks.

Now under the Pagosa Weather Resources tab, (left side menu) we now have a link for historical data: Historical Data

Under the Weather 101 Tab, we have added a number of articles, including Weather Station Suggestions, Spring is Wind Season in Pagosa, and Lightning can Kill.

Finally, Seasonal Outlooks and Monthly summaries now have their own tab on the left side menu making them easier to find.

Contest Updates

Special Thanks to all the businesses that have stepped forward to sponsor our weather contests. They are a lot of fun!

The Winner of the $50 gift certificate towards a balloon ride with Rock Mountain Balloons was Erin Jeziorski with the highest guess of 3,730 feet! Again, special thanks to Austin and his entire crew for sponsoring this contest and to everyone that participated.

Upcoming Contests

First Inch of SnowAug 10, 2022Lynn Guthrie, Hair Stylist
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First Freezing TemperatureAug 20, 2022To Be Announced
Color Fest RelatedSep 1, 2022The Springs Resort
First 2 feet of SnowOct 15, 2022To Be Announced
Wolf Creek Season SnowNov 1, 2022Ski & Bow Rack

Contest Update… Contest; Forecast the amount of measured rain that Pagosa Springs will receive during the three months of monsoon season from July through September. We had few inches of monsoon moisture in June but the contest amount started adding up on the first of July! The measured rain is based on an average of CoCoRaHS observations.

For the month of July, the 13 CoCoRaHS observers across the county had an average of 4.32″!!! Some folks are out of the contest with two months left in the contest!

The person with the closest guess will win a $50 gift certificate for SKI & BOW RACK!!! In addition, Ski & Bow Rack has offered HATS for the next closest guesses! This contest is closed for new guesses.

Huge thanks to Brittany, Robert, and their entire team for their support!

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Rocky Mtn Balloon Adv:       4.56

Kelly Cusack:                         4.77 inches

Dave Stimpson:                       5.21 inches

Cindi Galabota:                       5.3 inches

Donna Marsh:                         5.44 inches

Karen Kurio:                           5.512 inches

Suzanne Shogren Coe:            5.63 inches

Rick Holter:                            5.83”

Janice Roedel:                         5.96

Musetta Wollenweber             6.05

Sandra Meyn Thoma              6.28 inches

Lorren Dawes                         6.45 inches

Bob Ashmore:                         6.66 inches

Keena Carstensen:                  6.75”

Rob Barlow:                            7.0625”

Jim Laffey:                              7.2″

Susan Zoerb:                           7.22 inches

Jeff Bohrer                              7.23

Cheri Maxwell:                       7.24 inches

Corey Shult                             8.2

Phil Slusher:                            9.67 inches

Dee Halley:                             10.75 inches

Carol Ann Peterson                 11.51 inches

Carol Myerscough-Schilf:       12.05

Casey Fisher:                           13.75 inches

Simmie E. Rose:                     17.5 inches

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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2 Responses

  1. First Inch of Snow contest. We talking just snow or a mix of sleet & snow? First storms are typically rain, sleet and snow which may be over 1″ but sleet at the bottom below the snow…

    1. Good question, Frank. Yes, first snow tends to be combination of rain and snow. I call it raisins becasue it is encoded RASN on observation reports. The other issue is even if it all snow, the first snows tend to melt. So to clarify, it will be the first measurable snow, that stacks up as snow, that I can stick a ruler into. More than likely, it won’t be the first snow we see, unless it is like what happened two years ago and is very heavy. Does this answer your question?

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