Pagosa Weather October ’22 Newsletter

Pagosa Weather Team

Your 2022 Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors of Excellence: Shawn, Arleen, Mark. Photo by Jon Johnston.

Weather Ready Nation Ambassador of Excellence Award – Your Pagosa Weather Team!!!

Your Pagosa Weather Team was recognized on a national level by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) with the Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors of Excellence Award. We were chosen along with a select number of WRN Ambassador organizations throughout the nation that have made significant contributions to building a weather ready nation! We are humbled and proud that the National Weather Service felt strong enough about the change we are trying to affect in Archuleta County

The Grand Junction NWS office had these kind words to say about us in their nomination, “This small, but mighty, group of three has become a positive force multiplier for not only the National Weather Service, but for the citizens of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Archuleta County. They appreciate the National Weather Service and understand our core mission to protect property and save lives. They actively share our watch and warning information as well as safety messaging.”

To see the entire nomination and the other WRN Ambassadors of Excellence:

This Newsletter also contains Big Thank You Waves to Individual Donors & Sponsors & News on Presentations, CoCoRaHS & Contest Updates

Personal Donations

Special waves of thanks to Connie Mentemeier and, Sue and Andy Butler, who made generous donations in September. And to Tom Harris who made a generous donation in August.

What your donation goes towards

Your donations will help us take care of the costs of the web page, web site manager, weather subscriptions and other business expenses.  Brandon, our website designer and manager has moved onto other challenges. We’ve hired a Pagosa Weather fan, Do Engelhardt, as our new website manager. We look forward to her ideas on improving our wonderful website. Most importantly your donations 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). 

How to Donate

Desktop: Click on gold “Support Pagosa Weather” in upper right-hand column.  You can choose to donate by PayPal (Send), or you can select Square to donate with a credit card.

Smart Phone: Select upper right hand menu icon (=).  Scroll down to “About Us”, down menu to “Support Pagosa Weather” or find it in the grey area at bottom of page.  You can choose to donate by PayPal (Send), or you can select Square to donate with a credit card.

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!


We LOVE our Sponsors!  They just amaze us with their support!

San Juan Sled Dogs joins us again for another winter season. Pagosa Mountain Sports renewed their sponsorship for another six months. Thank you to both of these local businesses.

Click on our sponsor’s logo to follow to their website.

Blizzard Level

Ski & bow rack logo with an archer

Snowman Level Sponsors

Alley House Logo
Ace Logo
Pagosa Medical Center

Snowball Level Sponsors

Dr. Milner Chiropractic
Peggy Andrews Logo
Elk Park Logo
San Juan Sled Dogs Logo
Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ

Our Storm Sponsor

The Springs Logo

Winter Outlook Presentations

November 3rd: San Juan Outdoor Club, Social time is 6:00 – 6:30pm, Meeting is from 6:30 – 6:45, and the Speaker is from 6:45 to 7:30pm. PLPOA Clubhouse. Open to the public.

December 7th: Wolf Creek Ski Patrol, 7:00am. Will cover winter outlook, snow density, and other topics that impact ski patrol folks.

Send email to if your organization would like to hear our winter outlook presentation.

Pagosa Weather Meet & Greet: November 7th at Terry’s ACE!

Come out and meet the Pagosa Weather Team on November 7th at Terry’s Ace Hardware from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. If you make a donation of $10 or more that day, you receive a Pagosa Weather Snow Depth Measurer (yardstick). Just in time for winter and the snow that will soon be flying! While you’re there, it is a perfect time to pick up your hardware needs to winterize your home at Terry’s Ace.


Welcome to Dara as a new CoCoRaHS weather observer in September!!! Huge thanks to Dara who will be adding data every day to the database and help hydrologists as they make key decisions during the drought. We now have additional vital data from Echo Canyon area.

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 on 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 is conducting the First Annual Pot Luck/Snow Measuring Seminar for the CoCoRaHS observers this weekend. We will try to have another seminar in November. We just need to secure a venue.

Contest Updates

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

Upcoming Contests

First 2 feet of SnowOct 15, 2022Terry’s Ace & Home Supply
Wolf Creek Season SnowNov 1, 2022Ski & Bow Rack
Snow Depth Upper PiedraJan 1, 2023San Juan Sled Dogs
2023 Monsoon RainfallMay 15, 2023The Springs Resort

2022 Monsoon Rainfall Total

Phil Slusher was the winner of the $50 gift certificate to Ski & Bow Rack!

The following individuals had the next nearest guesses and won a Ski & Bow Rack hat! Congratulations to Cheri Maxwell, Corey Shult, Dee Halley, and Carol Ann Peterson!!!

We had an average of 2.19″ of precip reported at our CoCoRaHS stations across Archuleta County during the month of September. So our monsoon season total was 9.53!!! That was 3.28″ more than the monsoon average for the months of July, August, September of 6.25″. That is the 2nd most pecip we have had in a monsoon season in the last ten years. We had 11.6″ in the summer of 2013. 2014 was close with 9.18″.

Huge thanks to Brittany & Robert and the rest of the team at Ski & Bow Rack for the support of our weather contests and for being our Blizzard level sponsor!

Ski & bow rack logo with an archer

First Freezing Temperature

The contest… Forecast the date and time that The Pagosa Springs Resort weather sensor, downtown temperature falls to 32F.

The Prize: $50 gift certificate for the ALLEY HOUSE, a Snowman Sponsor.

The person with the closest date/time guess will win a $50 gift certificate for ALLEY HOUSE!!! In addition, the second closest guess wins a $50 gift certificate for Chow Down Pet Supply!

Huge Thanks to Martin, Joni, Corey, Dana, Jim and the entire team at Alley House for their support and sponsoring this contest! Also, huge thanks to Kristi and her entire team at Chow Down Pet Supply!

Alley House Logo

Irene Hamburg Muelle October 8 at 3 am

Maria Kelly Oct 8th 4:02am

Ilene Gauger October 8 at 4:24am

Annie Stone October 8, 6:20am

Jeff Witten October 9th. 4:45am

Julie Fox October 9, 5:23 am

Monica Bentley Oct. 10th 3 am

Ed says: Oct. 10th, 3:45 AM

Jan Roedel says: October 10, 4:00am

Michael Hughes October 10, 5:00am

Sandra Meyn Thoma October 10, 4:45am

Don Farr October 10 6:00 am

Simmie E. Rose Oct 11th 4 am

Amanda Martinez October 11, 4:50am

Shanley Lujan October 12th 2am

Kimberly Jean White October 12th 4:24am

Haley Adkins October 12, 4:32am

Buck Frisbee says: 12 October 0530

Cynthia Goodwin October 12 2022 at 10:32

Starla Pribble October 13, 4:00 am

Greg says: October 13 4 am

Martha Vitale Ball October 13, 5:48 am.

Roy Thetford says: October 13, 8am

Robin Davis Oct 14, 3am

Mark Blakemore Oct. 14, 4:14 am

Wendy Burton October 14 at 4:30 am

Sueyel Kena Palma October 15 at 2:30 AM

Beth Einig says: October 15, 2022 at 3 am

Kacey Lee October 15, 4am

Mike Cianciolo says: October 15, 4am

Donna Marsh October 15 @ 4:00 am.

Sue Wells October 15, 4:45 AM

Leah Wattier October 15, 543am

Ken Rogers says: October 15, at 0545.

Peggy Pike October 16, 04:30am

Bill Lindley October 16th 3am

Kelly Prudhomme October 17th, at 4:33am

Nicole Smith October 20th at 3:30am

Joni Croce Bussoli October 20th, 4:30 am

Bobby Phillips October 22 0200

Gina Lynne Oct 22nd 2: 22 am

John Avis October 22nd @ 3:00 a.m.

Donna Muir October 22, 7:03am

Jeff Bentley October 23rd 430 am

Kevin Washburn October 23 0500

Katie Mae Blue October 25, 0200

Michael Barr October 25, 3:18 am and 33 seconds.

Lorie Ann Lorie Griego, Oct25. 3:40 am

Debra Priest Wallen October 25, 2022 4:00am

Monique Lee October 25 at 4:49am

Tanille Bruce Oct 26, 4:11am

Steve Beiser says: October 26th, 5am

Diane Steve Horton: October 27th. 3:27am

Gina Boaz October 28, 4:59 AM

Kim Martinez October 29 at 4:45 AM

Lynne McCrudden October 30, 6:30am

Kimberly Michelle Oct 31, 12:00 am

Kelle Carter Bruno October 31st, 4:13 am

Bonnie J. Newman-Schilf October 31 3:30am

SunDee Jones October 31st, 6:00 am

Monica Alley October 31, 11pm

Micki Hutchinson Nov. 3rd

Jacob Lopez Nov 4, 4:20am

Michelle Juneau says: Nov 10 11:10 pm

Carol Ann Peterson November 11 6:00am

Rick Lawrence 11/11 at 11:15 pm

Michelle Edwards says: November 30th at 3:40am

First Inch of Snow in O’Neal Park

The contest and prize… Forecast the first 1” inch of snow that falls and sticks to the ground. The person with the closest guess will win a $50 gift certificate to Runs with Scissors, Master Stylist Lynn Guthrie!!!  In addition, the second closest guess wins a $50 gift certificate for Chow Down Pet Supply!

The Pagosa Weather Team will determine and verify the 1st inch of snow.  The verification snowboard is located about 7 miles north of Pagosa in O’Neal Park just off of North Piedra, past the two cattle guards at 8,030 feet elevation. 

Huge thanks to Lynn of Runs with Scissors and Kristi & her team at Chow Down for sponsoring this weather contest. Good luck to all!


Phil Slusher – October 8th, 10:47 pm ❄️

Karla Ostroski – October 9th 4pm

Randy Hays – Oct 10th 6:00 am

Ken Rogers says – October 10th, 2022, 1530L

Carol Bowden – October 11th at 4:45 am

Kim Rausch Page – Oct. 11th at 4:30 a.m.

Shannon Herzog – October  15th @ 2:02 am

Leann Fox – October 15th, 3:30 a.m

Steve Voorhis says: October 16, 2022 1700

Jeff Witten says – October 17th, at 6am

Randy Green says: October 18th at 5:00 a.m.

Rich McGuire – October 20 at 4am

Venita Durrer – Oct 21 4:30PM

Chris Edwards – October 22, 10:22am

Lisa Glazener Doerr – October 24 4 am

Kim Bristow – October 25th at 6:00am

Stacey says: October 27 @ 2:35 am

Starla Pribble – October 28th @ 1:00am

Jeanette Green says: October 28th at 3:00 a.m

Cindi Galabota says: October 28th at 4:33am

Joan Scott – Oct. 28, 7:30 am.

Kelly Bicknell – October 28, 11:00 PM

Laura Mingua – October 28, 6:45 pm

Debbie Burnett Beckman – October 28, 7:45 pm

Christopher Serr – October 29th 9pm

Michele C MRaff – October 30th, 6am

Sylvia McDaniel – October 30 at 6:00 am

Marianne C says: ❄October 31 10:31 am ❄

Sarah Ruyle Daulton – October 31 12:06am

Amy Shepherd – October 31, 915am

Sandy Freeman says: October 31 at 5:00 pm

Steffany Cloward – November 1st, 5:00am

Irene Hamburg Mueller – November 1 12 pm

Ed says: Nov 1 7:45pm

Gina Lynne – Nov. 2nd 2:22 am

Terri Smith – Nov 2nd, 5am

Natalie Lilly Duran – November 2 at 8:00am.

Meg Wempe – November 3, 0827 hours

Peggy Pike – Nov 4th, 5pm

Casey Fisher – Nov 5th 2pm

Musetta Wollenweber – November 8, 1:00 a.m

Eileen Martin – November 8th 10pm

Carol Holleran – November 9, noon

Carol A. Myerscough-Schilf – November 10th at 0730am

Keena Carstensen – November 11 at 4 pm

Jeff Holleran – November 14, 11:25 pm

Gina Leach – November 14 1:00 am

Sandra Meyn Thoma – November 15, 2:00am

Simmie E. Rose – Nov 17 8:30 pm

Debra Priest Wallen – November 17th 4:40 pm🎿❄️

Angel Thrasher Weaver – November 17th 803 pm

Kimberly Jean White – 11/25/22 at 8:30am

Renee Matyniak – November 29, 0618

Jennifer Rose – Dec 11th- 7PM

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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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4 Responses

  1. I count on your report when I have to travel over Wolf Creek Pass from Alamosa! Also accurate and interesting! Thanks for all the hard work!

    1. You’re most welcome Nancy. I’m glad we can you through your day. That is not an easy drive. Safe travels to you this winter!

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