Multi storm wrap-up – It’s been an impressive 3 weeks!…

We got 55.7” of snow between 27 December and today!

We got 55.7” of snow between 27 December and today!

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Thursday – 19 Jan 2023 – 8:00am

We’ve had two good storm cycles since 27 December. The first started on 27 December and lasted through 4 January.  The second started late on 13 January and wrapped up on 18 January.

Let’s do a “before and after” for storm cycle #1…

Snowpack for 27 Dec is on the left and 5 Jan is on the right.  We went from 70% to 123%.  Our neighboring states and Nevada saw substantial increases too.
Snowpack for 27 Dec is on the left and 5 Jan is on the right.  We went from 70% to 123%.  Our neighboring states and Nevada saw substantial increases too.
The snowpack table for our nearby basins on 27 Dec is on the left and 5 Jan is on the right. The Upper San Juan snotel went from 73% to 125%.  The Wolf Creek Summit snotel went from 75% to 105%. Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 63” during this period.
The snowpack table for our nearby basins on 27 Dec is on the left and 5 Jan is on the right. The Upper San Juan snotel went from 73% to 125%.  The Wolf Creek Summit snotel went from 75% to 105%.
Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 63” during this period.
CoCoRaHS snowfall totals between 27 Dec and 4 Jan range from 4.6” near Trujillo to 31.8” near Chromo.
CoCoRaHS snowfall totals between 27 Dec and 4 Jan range from 4.6” near Trujillo to 31.8” near Chromo.
Before and after pictures
Before and after pictures

Now let’s do a “before and after” for storm cycle #2…

Snowpack for 14 Jan is on the left and 18 Jan is on the right.  We went from 128% to 152%.  We now have the best snowpack in Colorado!
Snowpack for 14 Jan is on the left and 18 Jan is on the right.  We went from 128% to 152%.  We now have the best snowpack in Colorado!
The snowpack table for our nearby basins on 14 Jan is on the left and 18 Jan is on the right. The Upper San Juan snotel went from130% to 163%.  The Wolf Creek Summit snotel went from 108% to 131%. Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 56” during this period.
The snowpack table for our nearby basins on 14 Jan is on the left and 18 Jan is on the right. The Upper San Juan snotel went from 130% to 163%.  The Wolf Creek Summit snotel went from 108% to 131%.
Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 56” during this period.
CoCoRaHS snowfall totals between 14-18 Jan range from 21.5” to 32.4”
CoCoRaHS snowfall totals between 14-18 Jan range from 21.5” to 32.4”
Storm cycle #2 totals just north of Turkey Springs
Storm cycle #2 totals just north of Turkey Springs
Before and after pictures
Before and after pictures

Totals for the entire period – 27 Dec to 18 Jan…

CoCoRaHS snowfall totals from 27 Dec to 18 Jan range from 35.7” to 67.4”. Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 132” during this period.
CoCoRaHS snowfall totals from 27 Dec to 18 Jan range from 35.7” to 67.4”.
Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 132” during this period.
Before and after pictures
Before and after pictures

It’s been an impressive 3 weeks!

Thanks to everyone for your reports and pictures.  They help verify our forecasts and make us better forecasters.

Look at the CoCoRaHS maps above. Note the data black hole across western Archuleta County. We NEED CoCoRaHS rain and snow measurers!  CoCoRaHS data is used by numerous agencies and incorporated into many products and decisions.  To learn more about this important program, please go to this LINK or ask Pagosa Weather.  We are the Archuleta County CoCoRaHS coordinators.

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I’ve been a “weather geek” since I was young child. I joined the military out of high school and was lucky to get my dream job in weather. I have 20 years of military weather experience which includes forecasting the weather all over the world. Highlights were six years in Alaska and making life and death weather decisions during deployments. I love mountains, I love snow, and I love summertime thunderstorms. I spend a bunch of time playing outdoors and found my paradise in Pagosa Springs. I do Pagosa Weather as a community service. Hopefully you find us helpful!
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