Pagosa Weather June ’23 Newsletter!

Group Picture at Outdoor Club Mtg

We had about 60 folks show up for the presentation at the San Juan Outdoor Club. We had a great interactive talk similar to the one at the library on May 18th, where we had about 40 folks show up. So many wonderful weather enthusiasts!

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

Personal Donations Newsletter Updates

Special waves of thanks to our wonderful donors in May: Carole & Steve Scott, Linda Espinosa & Jim Laffey, Chris Johnson, Doug’s View Photography and the kind lady at the library who made an anonymous donation!

What your generous donation goes towards

Your donations help us take care of the costs of the website manager, Fluid Elements, 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 so much for your 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!

Scroll down to see NEWS on Presentations, Calendar, and Contest Updates.


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Pagosa Weather Presentation Newsletter Updates!

Lifelong Learning Program at the Ruby Sisson Library

Arleen Prochazka and Mark Langford gave a presentation at the Ruby Sisson Library on May 18th as part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The focus was on the Monsoon Season in the southern San Juan Mountains. Arleen explained exactly how and when the monsoon sets up in our area. In addition, she went over the evidence she studies that determines whether we are going to have a weak, average, or strong monsoon season. Finally, she discussed her forecast for this monsoon season.

Mark covered lightning safety and gave an update on the southwest Doppler radar, and updates to the Pagosa Weather web page.

Huge THANKS to Judy Brennen, of Adult & Technology Services at the library, for inviting us to be part of the Lifelong Learning Program. We had a wonderful group of over 40 weather enthusiasts who turned out to learn more about the weather that impacts their lives during the summer. In fact, it was standing room only! Judy is moving us to another area of the library next year to accommodate all who want to come hear about Monsoon ’24! That talk is already scheduled for May 23, 2024!

The folks that managed to squeeze in were a wonderful audience and we had good engaging conversation with a few challenging questions. We’ll be writing a few Weather 101 posts this summer based on those discussions.

The ’23 Monsoon post will be out on the Pagosa Weather website later today or early tomorrow.

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Just a few of the Pagosa Weather followers who came out for the library talk

San Juan Outdoor Club Meeting; Monsoon Outlook!

The entire Pagosa Weather Team, Arleen, Shawn, and Mark, were guest speakers at the San Juan Outdoor Club Meeting on May 31st. We have been invited back multiple times to be guest speakers there and it is always a great session with all our mountain loving friends!

We had an audience of about 60 folks turn out on a rainy, windy night! We were very touched that a number of those folks were not club members yet they came to the meeting to hear our talk.

Arleen started with a review of this past winter season. She did a study on how this past winter we had so much more snow than average during a La Nina winter. She will send a separate post with this information in a few weeks to share with the entire Pagosa Weather community.

Moving on and looking to this summer, she explained exactly how and when the monsoon sets up in our area. In addition, she went over the evidence she studies that determines whether we are going to have a weak, average, or strong monsoon season. Finally, she discussed her forecast for this monsoon season.

Then Mark covered lightning safety, the latest update on the southwest Doppler radar, and updates to the Pagosa Weather web page. Finally, Shawn gave an update to our CoCoRaHS program and the Pagosa Weather Calendar. The team answered a number of great questions. You can hear those questions and hear the answers to the questions on the video that was recorded at the meeting.

Huge thanks to the folks at the San Juan Outdoor Club for the invite and for another great talk. We know those folks are playing outside all the time and we would like to think we make a difference in their planning and safety.

If you were not able to make it to the talk, here is a link to the last hour:

Huge thanks to Mark for recording the presentation!

The ’23 Monsoon post will be out on the Pagosa Weather website later today or early tomorrow with all of the detailed graphics.

Group Picture at Outdoor Club Mtg
Some of our mountain loving friends at the San Juan Outdoor Club!

Pagosa Weather Calendar Newsletter Updates

July 4th, Tuesday, 10:00am: 4th of July Parade; Stress Clouds & candy swag – Look for Mark’s blue Jeep!

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.

May 23, Thursday, Ruby Sisson Library; Monsoon ’24 Outlook.

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

CoCoRaHS Newsletter Updates

This month we welcome… Robert Hagberg in Hatcher, Rich McGuire near Pagosa Lakes, and Debbie Moore on East 160! Huge thanks to each of you for your contributions to this essential network.

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

Do you or do you have a friend that lives in one of the five areas highlighted below?

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.

Perhaps, our July Newsletter will show fewer red circles!

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 Newsletter Updates

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

Upcoming Contests

1st Inch of SNOWAug 15, 2023TBD
2 Feet of SNOWOct 15, 2023TBD
’23-’24 Wolf Creek SnowNov 21, 2023Ski & Bow Rack

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 74oF once in the month of May – so close! We are going through another cool period. Only 9 folks left in the running!

6/2/2023 Starla Pribble 4:55 PM

6/3/2023 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

Active Contest – 2023 Monsoon Rainfall

Forecast the amount of measured rain that Pagosa Springs will receive during the three months of monsoon season from July through September to the nearest 100th of an inch. I love how positive some of the guesses were!

The person with the closest guess will win a Relaxing Day of VIP Soaking for 4, a prize package experience worth $620 from The Springs Resort, our Storm Sponsor!

The Pagosa Weather Team will determine the amount of the total precipitation using an average from a number of CoCoRaHS observation sites in the Pagosa Springs area over the months of July, August, and September 2023.

The Pagosa Weather Team would like to express our sincere gratitude to Jesse, T, and the entire team at The Springs Resort for their support of Pagosa Weather!

Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

A BIG thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this soaking!

Cena Chivers Brossard 3.23

Emily Green-Martinez 3.52

Ken Daniell 3.95

Edie Brogan 4.24

Steven Beiser 4.29

Sandy Wallek Stewart 4.36

Suzanne Coe 4.44

Gina Leach 4.74

Jo Ann Senzig 5.27

Susan Dussell 5.76

Brenda Ransom Smith 5.89

Sherry Fenerty Kirkland 6.13

Monika Padilla 6.17

Matthew Ruthardt 6.25

Michelle Juneau 6.31 Dale Schmidt 6.44

Dave Stimson 6.52

Ryan Nelson 6.86

Chellie Panzera 6.87

Carla Fisk 6.89

Adolfo Valenzuela Echavarria 6.9

Cindi Galaxy Galabota 6.92

Steve Chesshir 7

Erin Tuatagaloa 7.11

Nestor Rivera 7.12

Roberta DeMarco 7.25

Aimee Rogacki 7.37

Laura Jones 7.37

Kenny Rogers 7.45

Rosie’s Pizzaria 7.62

Valerie Lucas 7.74

Kay Guerin Smith 7.75

David Hansen 7.77

Ellen Clark Schmidt 7.79

Renee Demianew 7.89

Randy Hayes 8.03

Cheri Harlow Green 8.1

Hazel Anderson 8.25

Stacey 8.25

Angelique Marie Lucas 8.47

Blair Jackson 8.6

Jackie Cox 8.78

Nikki Adams Taylor 8.78

Maria Depalma 8.8

Steve Hayer 8.84

Irene Hamburg Mueller 8.88

Lisa Glazener Duerr 8.88

Stefanie Cox 9.12

Amy Shepherd 9.17

Aimee Fredickson 9.23

Sandra Meyn Thoma 9.24

Joe Darr 9.25

Ron Bogs 9.28

Simmie E. Rose 9.5

Kristin McCollam 9.59

Mary Srokes 9.63

Cheri Axwell 9.83

Susan W. Zoerbe 9.92

Theresa Dougherty-Suchanek 10.15

Jim Oliver 10.2

Dee Hallye 10.25

Jason Cox 10.28

Phil Slusher 10.3

Jenny Lynn 10.35

Catherine LaCross 10.58

Wendy Burton 10.73

Craig Butler 10.86

Missy Losee 11

Karen Graham Kurio 11.06

Jan Powers 11.11

Penny Jo Nichols-Franklin 11.2

Trinity Joy Hoeben 11.33

Lynn Slusher 11.5

Carol Ekman 12.02

Colleen Young Salo 12.12

Gina Lynn 12.22

Carol Holleran 12.24

Musetta Wollenweber 12.4

Mike Carey 13.13

Ryan Mathis 13.2

PaTrisha Patten 13.4

Abey Crenshaw Nelson 13.55

Jeff Bohrer 14.02

Eileen Martin 14.75

Kristie Bixler 15.35

Kris Hoff May 16.3

Rachel Ingram 17

Carol A. Myerscough-Schilf 17.23

Staria Pribble 18.1

Donna Muir 21.33

Christy Taylor 21.34

Kortinii Kristine 22.2

Natalie Pintal 22.22

Jason Carr 26.04

Lady Amber Rhea Vaszuez-Schrage 33

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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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