Pagosa Weather January ’22 Newsletter

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Happy New Year from Arleen, Shawn & Mark to all our followers!

It was another great year of growth for Pagosa Weather as we made more improvements to increase the accuracy of our forecasts. We have over 7,300 followers on Facebook now. We send out over 600 emails a day with direct links to our web page. Our web page is up to over 1,500 views a day.

We have a number of new CoCoRaHS observers. Your Pagosa Weather team was recognized as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador of Excellence by NOAA at the National level!

Pagosa Weather operated in the black in 2022 in huge thanks to our sponsors and our individual donors. Barely… But we are able to pay for our commercial weather subscriptions, our new website manager, our own server connection, and all our business expenses. Neither Mark, Shawn nor I receive a salary. All of our funds raised go towards the expenses mentioned here.

We look forward to an exciting 2023 as we continue to expand our community outreach program with presentations, education, and public events. Look for us again in the 4th of July parade and other community happenings.

Special thanks to each of you for your support this year!

Big Thank You Waves to Individual Donors & Sponsors plus News on Presentations & Contest Updates

Personal Donations

Special waves of thanks to Frank Snyder, Holly Sodolak, Brady Turner, Laura & Mike Young, Hillary & Rob Fredrickson, Janice Roedel, and Blair Watson who made a generous donations in December. Thanks so much to all!

What your donation goes towards

Your donations help us take care of the costs of the new web site manager, the web page, weather subscriptions, and other business expenses.  Most importantly your donations 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!

Sponsors

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

We will have a new Snowball sponsor announcement next week!

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

Blizzard Level Sponsor

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Snowman Level Sponsors

Ace Logo
Alley House Logo
Pagosa Medical Center

Snowball Level Sponsors

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Peggy Andrews Logo
Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ
San Juan Sled Dogs logo

Our Storm Sponsor

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Presentations

Ski Patrol

Arleen and Shawn were up well before the sun on the 15th of December to be up at Wolf Creek to give a brief to the Ski Patrol folks before they started their day. They shared with them what Pagosa Weather has to offer on our web page, what our winter outlook is and how snow forms and how the density of snow is impacted. Such knowledge is essential to the key safety job that they have.

Huge thanks to Dan and the rest of the folks Ski Patrol for the invitation. We look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

Future Presentations

  • We’ll be visiting the little scientists at the Valor Academy in January, Kindergarten – 4th grade.
  • We’ll be visiting older scientists at the Middle School in February.
  • Outdoor Club Meeting, Thursday May 4th, 6:45-8pm, Monsoon Outlook – Open to Public
  • Ruby Sisson Library, Thursday May 11th, 6-7pm, Monsoon Outlook – Open to Public

Send email to pagosaweather.org if your organization would like to hear our winter outlook presentation or other weather presentation.


CoCoRaHS

Pagosa Weather is the Archuleta County “CoCoRaHS Coordinator” and “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador”.

Archuleta County is well represented but we still have big data gaps. We really need a volunteer in Arboles, Dulce, west on Highway 160, Pagosa Junction, and the upper Blanco. Sign up by filling out this web page: https://www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx. Or send us a note and we can send you more detailed information.

CoCoRaHS Map

The red circles are areas we could use a CoCoRaHS observer. Let us know if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes every morning to measure precip and snow. CoCoRaHS provides all the training you need.


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

Snow Depth Upper PiedraJan 5, 2023San Juan Sled Dogs
1st 75 degrees of 2023Mar 1, 2023Pagosa Mountain Sports
2023 Monsoon RainfallMay 15, 2023The Springs Resort

Active Contest – TWO feet of SNOW!

Forecast the date and time we measure 24” of snow depth on the ground.  The person with the closest guess will get a $50 gift certificate to Terry’s Ace Hardware, one of our Snowman sponsors! Huge thanks to Grace and her team for their support of Pagosa Weather. This contest is closed to new guesses.

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The Pagosa Weather Team will determine and verify the 24 inches of snow. The verification area 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.

Chris Edwards: January 2nd 7:30am

Lynn says: January 3rd, 3:52am

Bee’sKnees Pigmentation:  January 3 at 6:02 am

Joni Croce Bussoli: Jan. 3rd, 2023 9am

Sandi Dillon: January 3 at 10 am

Tina Edwards:  January 4 , 6:35 am

Kathleen Wilson says: January 5th at 1pm

Lisa Wilson Seider: January 5th at 5:15 pm

Kris Bos: January 6th at 4:00pm

Starla Pribble: January 7th at 6am

Ed says: Jan 7..7AM

Jared Payne: January 7th, 4pm

David Hansen: Jan 8th 3am

Cheri Maxwell: January 8th @ 1pm

Steve Earle: January 9 at 9:30am

Pat Colby says: January 10th at 7:00am

Roslyn Earle says: January 12th 2023 10am

Sandra Meyn Thomas: January 12, 4:30pm

Peggy pike says: January 12, 2023 5pm

Nancie Reed Drape: January 14th, 7:00am

Lisa Glazener Doerr: January 15th at 4:00pm

Roberta DeMarco says: January 16th at 4pm

Joni Watkins: 1/17/23 at 5am

Amy Shepherd: January 17, 1234pm

John Robert: Jan 18th 4 am

Corey Shult: Jan 21st

Jeff Witten says: January 22 @ 7am

Mike Laugel – January 24th at 8:00 am

Cheryl Lopez – January 27 at 5:00 am

Venita Durrer: January 28th, 9:00 PM

Vladimir Irina Kholostov: Jan. 29, 10am

Martha Vitale Ball: January 30, 11:00pm

Debra Priest Wallen: Feb 1, 2023 at 2:00

Janie Simmons: February 2, 2023 at 2 am

Dena Laterza: February 4th 6am

Kimberly Jean White: February 5th at 4:44pm

Al Pfister: February 8 5am

Suzanne Shogren Coe: February 10 6 am

Terri Theisen says: Feb. 11 4PM

Amanda Martinez: March 13 at 7:00am

Bobby Phillips says: March 15, 2023 at 1800hrs

David Hansen: Jan 8th 3am

Cheri Maxwell: January 8th @ 1pm

Steve Earle: January 9 at 9:30am

Pat Colby says: January 10th at 7:00am

Roslyn Earle says: January 12th 2023 10am

Sandra Meyn Thomas: January 12, 4:30pm

Peggy pike says: January 12, 2023 5pm

Nancie Reed Drape: January 14th, 7:00am

Lisa Glazener Doerr: January 15th at 4:00pm

Roberta DeMarco says: January 16th at 4pm

Joni Watkins: 1/17/23 at 5am

Amy Shepherd: January 17, 1234pm

John Robert: Jan 18th 4 am

Corey Shult: Jan 21st

Jeff Witten says: January 22 @ 7am

Mike Laugel – January 24th at 8:00 am

Cheryl Lopez – January 27 at 5:00 am

Venita Durrer: January 28th, 9:00 PM

Vladimir Irina Kholostov: Jan. 29, 10am

Martha Vitale Ball: January 30, 11:00pm

Debra Priest Wallen: Feb 1, 2023 at 2:00

Janie Simmons: February 2, 2023 at 2 am

Dena Laterza: February 4th 6am

Kimberly Jean White: February 5th at 4:44pm

Al Pfister: February 8 5am

Suzanne Shogren Coe: February 10 6 am

Terri Theisen says: Feb. 11 4PM

Amanda Martinez: March 13 at 7:00am

Bobby Phillips says: March 15, 2023 at 1800hrs


Active Contest – Wolf Creek Total Seasonal Snowfall Contest!

Forecast the Total Seasonal Snowfall for Wolf Creek Ski Area on their final day of operation.  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!

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!

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December 31st, 2022: Wolf Creek currently has received 114″ of snow to date.

Ed says:                       272 inches

Irene Hamburg Mueller: 308

Keith Hopkins Jones: 321”

Amanda Griego:          330

Stacey says:                338″

Val Valentine says:     357”

Jeff Witten says:         362”

Brian G Akins:            377 inches

Starla Pribble:              382 inches

Kirsten Derr says:       382

Martha Vitale Ball:     386

Gina Boaz:                  387”

David Hansen:            388″

Kirk Bliss:                   388″

Amy Shepherd:           391″

Pat Melinis Colby:      393″

Dena Laterza:              395″

Jan Powers:                 397 “

Michelle Tressler Kolkau: 398″

Venita Durrer:             399”

Renee Demianew:       402″

Musetta Wollenweber:403″

Al Pfister says:            403″

Sandra Meyn Thoma:  404”

Lauren Hawksworth:  406″

Kenny Rogers says:    407″

Laura Lunsford says:  409

Rose G Shehan says:   410″

Michelle Juneau says: 410 inches

Dennis Jeffrey:            411”

Carol Ann Peterson:    411″

Jeff Bentley:               412 inches

Falisha Cozette Plake: 413”

Nathanael Ward:         414

Mike Cianciolo says:  419″

Tonya Jayne:               420″

Rob Barlow says:        420″

Terri Theisen:              420”

Luke/Katrina Brinton: 421”

John Curran:               421”

Kristie/Kirk Bixler:     423”

Kay Reed:                   425”

Gregory Peck:             426”

Bill Milner:                  427 inches

Barbara Clabaugh Pugh: 429”

Edie Brogan:               429”

Phil Slusher says:        429 inches

Hannah Hemenger:     432”

Amanda Martinez:      433”

Dee Halley:                 435”

Gina Leach:                 435”

Audrey Bliss:              438″

Chris Edwards:           444”

Kelly Tony Norwood-Gray: 449”

Hillary Fredrickson:    450”

Dave Stimpson:           454″

Haley Richard:            455″

Rick Holter says:        457″

Joni Watkins:              460”

Cheryl Ward-Bowdridge: 462″

Simmie E. Rose:         472″

Casey Fisher:               475″

Janice Roedel says:     480 inches of snow.

Randy Hays:               485″

Steve Voorhis says:    485 inches

Andrew Woods:          488″

Kathy Moore:              512

Kim Bristow says:      512 inches

Michael Iske:              602

Chelsea Casaceli:        877

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I grew up in Montana where my love of mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force for 24 years; Weather Observer to Weather Forecaster to Staff Weather Officer all to ensure flight safety. Mission was to brief aircrews on clouds, winds, turbulence, icing, thunderstorms. I served a total of 8 assignments and 4 deployments around the world. After RV traveling full time for 9 years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing in spectacular mountains! Plus, we're trying to solve the San Juan weather puzzle! I am an AMS member.
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