Pagosa Weather April ’23 Newsletter

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These smart & goofy home schooled kids invited The Pagosa Weather Team to come share weather fun!

Big Thank You Waves to Individual Donors & Our Sponsors; News on Community Outreach; Contest Updates

Personal Donations

Special waves of thanks to our singular donor in the month of March: Ernie O’Toole!

What your generous donation goes towards

Your donations help us take care of the costs of the website manager, the website, 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). 

Follow this link to make a donations: How to Donate: You can donate by PayPal, Square, or by check. Thank you for our generosity!

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

San Juan Mercantile is a fun store with Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry, Knives, Candles, Housewares, Fine Linens, Local Honey, Souvenirs, and Locally made items.  It is at 524 San Juan Street, next to the Barber Shop, across the street from Plaza Liquor.  Thank you to 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! We had several sponsors sign extensions with us.

The Ski & Bow Rack will continue as our exclusive Blizzard level sponsor through August of 2024! Huge thanks to Brittany, Robert and their entire team at Ski & Bow Rack for their continued support. Don’t forget they’re having fantastic sales right now!

The Alley House Grille committed to another year as a Snowman level sponsor! We extend our immense gratitude to Joni, Martin, Jim, and the rest of the crew at the Alley House; our favorite special occasion restaurant!

We welcome the return of Wilderness Journeys (WJ) Pagosa for a full year as a Snowball sponsor! WJ in conjunction with A1Taxi and Pagosa Rafting Outfitter (PRO) is your one stop shop for transport and adventure! Did you know they offer FREE medical transport with WJ & A1 if you have Colorado Medicaid? Our sincere thanks to Kevin and his team!

And Tommy’s personal physician, Dr Thompson, with Elk Park Animal Hospital is once again a Snowball Sponsor for the next six months. Our wholehearted thanks to Dr Thompson, Natasha, Tanya and the rest of the staff at Elk Park.

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

Blizzard Level Sponsor

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Ski & Bow Rack will continue as our exclusive Blizzard level Sponsor through August of 2024!

Snowman Level Sponsors

Pagosa Medical Center
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Huge thanks to Alley House for joining us for another year!
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Snowball Level Sponsors

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Elk Park Logo
Welcome back Dr Thompson for the next six months!
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Welcome back WJ, A1 Taxi & PRO for an entire year!
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Our Storm Sponsor

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Pagosa Triathlon!

Shawn and Arleen provided weather support for the Pagosa Triathlon. It is a fun new event that will happen here in Pagosa every spring around the last week in March. It is a competition like no other in the nation. About 30 teams came from around the nation to Pagosa Springs to participate in a hot air ballooning competition, a skiing competition, and a rafting competition.

Unfortunately, they had snowshowers for the Friday night balloon glow and windy conditions for competition morning. And it was just too cold for the rafting competition. So they substituted a fun town scavenger hunt and fun at Stitches & Dimples. The balloons were able to get up Friday and Sunday morning and some teams had fun up at Wolf Creek. Hopefully, next year, the temperatures will be normal and the winds will behave themselves. Shawn and Arleen will be there to provide weather support for the whole event again.

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Shawn (r) returned to his aviation forecasting roots & provided the balloon pilots early morning briefs. Marissa & Cody (center) put on a great event!
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Austin Marchland provided the expert local winds advice.

Home Schooled Students Gathering

The Pagosa Weather Team was invited to teach a weather class for the area home schooled students. We all gathered at the Grace Church and had a great time with the junior scientists! The students varied in age so it was a challenge to keep the older ones engaged and still make sure the younger ones understood what was going on. We received such positive feedback that the families really appreciated it and we did a good job of keeping it active and fun. We did air pressure demonstrations, made a cloud in a jar, discussed wind with bubbles, static electricity related to lightning, and the albedo effect on snow. And of course we talked about clouds and the weather associated them.

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The Pagosa Weather Team had a great time teaching these home schooled scientists all about weather!

Rotary Club

Arleen and Shawn were invited to speak at the local Rotary Club meeting. This time they shared stories of their years as aviation weather forecasters in the Air Force as well as their RV traveling story and their discovery of Pagosa Springs. They enjoyed having lunch with so many of the area civic leaders.

Pagosa Weather Calendar

April 6th: Pagosa Weather Team visits National Weather Service in Grand Junction

April 14th: Arleen and Shawn will present seasonal fire weather training to the San Juan National Forest Service fire crews.

April 28/29: Weather Workshop: How One Snowflake Affects Climate is going to be a viticulture workshop being put together by Archuleta County Extension Agent, Robin Young. Guest speakers will be Peter Gobel and Becky Bollinger from the State Climate team and Arleen Prochazka from the Pagosa Weather Team at a Friday evening event. We’ll update you on all the details as soon as final plans are made.

May 18th, Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00pm: Ruby Sisson Library; Monsoon Outlook, Open to Public

June 1st, Thursday, 6:45-8:00pm: Outdoor Club Meeting; Monsoon Outlook – Open to Public

July 4th, Tuesday, 10:00am: 4th of July Parade; Hand out Cloud Stress Clouds & candy

September 16-17th, Saturday & Sunday: Colorfest; Will provide weather aviation support for the mass balloon ascensions

September 23, Saturday, Time TBD: Mountain Chili Cha Cha; Pagosa Weather Meet & Greet booth

Early December: Festival of Trees; Pagosa Weather tree adorned with snowmen and snowflakes.

Send email to if your organization would like to hear a weather presentation.


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: 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 our sponsor businesses that have stepped forward to sponsor our weather contests. They are a lot of fun!

Upcoming Contests

2023 Monsoon RainfallMay 15, 2023The Springs Resort

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!

Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

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Wolf Creek currently has received 480″ of snow!!! Only 10 left in the running!

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

Active Contest – When will Pagosa Airfield hit 75oF!

Forecast the date and the time that the Pagosa Airfield hits 75 degrees Fahrenheit this year. The person with the closest guess will win a $25 gift certificate for Pagosa Mountain Sports, one of our Snowball sponsors, a perfect partnership between weather & folks playing outside!

Huge thanks to Amanda, Coquette, Janine, Jake and the rest of the team at Pagosa Mountain Sports for sponsoring this contest and their support of Pagosa Weather.

Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

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The Airfield hit 50oF today so we have some warming to do!

4/2/2023 Tamille Bruce 3:12 PM

4/4/2023 Tim Cram 1:55 PM

4/5/2023 Jackie Cox 2:55 PM

4/6/2023 Susan Zoerbe 1:45 PM

B Edwards Ellis 2:45 PM

4/8/2023 Eileen Martin 1:00 PM

4/9/2023 Abey Crenshaw Nelson 3:45 PM

4/12/2023 Dave Stimson 2:25 PM

Barbara Clabaugh Pugh 3:00 PM

4/15/2023 Steve 2:00 PM

Julie August 3:00 PM

4/17/2023 Natalie Lily Duran 3:00 PM

Lesan Hollenbeck Young 3:32 PM

4/20/2023 Suzanne Coe 2:00 PM

4/21/2023 Suanne Freitag McClellan 3:22 PM

4/22/2023 Gina Curtis 2:22 PM

Sharilyn Knox 3:16 PM

Michelle Berndt 3:30 PM

4/25/2023 Martha Vitale Ball 2:08 PM

Rebecca Spencer 3:00 PM

Christie Walker Darago 3:54 PM

4/27/2023 Kris Hoffman 2:15 PM

Douglas Michael Yeaton 3:38 PM

4/28/2023 Jan Powers 3:30 PM

Art Browning 4:00 PM

4/29/2023 Hillary Fredrickson 3:00 PM

Nancy Lynn Carey 3:30 PM

Davis Wolff 5:05 PM

4/30/2023 Cindy Galaty Galbatta 2:31 PM

Karen Curio 2:55 PM

Roslyn Reese Earle 3:30 PM

5/1/2023 Chuck Riehm Noon

Lisa Allen Coher 3:00 PM

Randy Hayes 3:00 PM

Susan Vetter Browning 4:10 PM

5/2/2023 Gina Boaz 1:45 PM

Richard Hash 2:31 PM

Rusty Faye 2:44 PM

Barbara Farrell 3:45 PM

Haley Chate 5:19 PM

5/3/2023 Alexandra 1:32 PM

Musetta Wollenber 2:02 PM

Phil Slusher 2:22 PM

5/5/2023 Tabitha Hart 1:45 PM

Michelle Juneau 2:05 PM

Suzanne Huhta 3:00 PM

Lisa Wilson Seider 3:30 PM

Frank Snyder 4:00 PM

Kim Bristow 4:08 PM

Emma Pope 4:20 PM

5/7/2023 Nancy Reed Drape 2:00 PM

Julie Pederson 2:00 PM

5/8/2023 Irene Helmburg Mueller 2:34 PM

Lisa Vail 3:00 PM

Erin Tuatagaloa 3;17 PM

5/9/2023 Christian Pantin 2:00 PM

John Brogan 4:45 PM

5/10/2023 Belinda Hewitt 3:45 PM

5/11/2023 Victoria Coleman 4:11 PM

JoAnn Calfree 4:48 PM

5/12/2023 Mike Graan 1:13 PM

Terri Thelist 3:00 PM

Beth Wallis Terry 3:00 PM

5/14/2023 Misty Carruso 12:43 PM

Bruce Anderson 4:00 PM 5/15/2023

Liela Johnson 2:35 PM

Carolyn Schwulst 3:00 PM

Marie Hernandez 3:00 PM

Eddie Brogan 5:00 PM

5/16/2023 Debra Priest Wallen 3:00 PM

Tina Sowle 3:45 PM

5/17/2023 Dustin Mattingly 1:30 PM

Kristine Bixler 2:30 PM

Leo Milner 3:35 PM

5/18/2023 Simmie E. Rose 3:00 PM

5/19/2023 Lauren Hawksworth  2:00 PM

Sandra Meyn Thoma 3:00 PM

5/20/2023 Mike Dingman 2:00 PM

Carol A. Myerson-Schlif 3:00 PM

Lucinda Morris Tagliareni 3:00 PM

5/21/2023 Hollie Baldwin 2:00 PM

Katie Jo 2:21 PM

5/22/2023 Emily Green Martinez 2:00 PM

Monica Craig 2:15 PM

Josh Gieger 2:22 PM

Sarah Fisher 3:40 PM

5/23/2023 Amy Nutall 1:08 PM

5/27/2023 Renee Demianew 2:27 PM

5/28/2023 Cherese Bergman 2:00 PM

Eddie Brogan 3:46 PM

5/30/2023 Tim Crawford 1:45 PM

Kimberly Jean White 2:44 PM

Bradley Turney 4:00 PM

5/31/2023 Dawn Marie Gonzales 2:30 PM

6/2/2023 Starla Pribble 4:55 PM

6/3/2023 Susan Cronin (no time listed)

Bonnie J. Newman-Schif 1:30 PM

JoAnn Senzig 2:15 PM

Anne Danielson 3:15 PM

6/5/2023 Joni Martin Shirk 3:00 PM

6/10/2023 Casey Fisher 12:55 PM

6/19/2023 Susan Ivy Higley 3:03 PM

6/22/2023 Carol Ann Peterson 4:00 PM

6/29/2023 Donna Gaule Milner 3:00 PM

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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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