Pagosa Weather August ’23 Newsletter!

6 people at Fox Fire Farms

Archuleta County Extension Agent Robin Young, Pagosa Weather Arleen & Shawn, Fox Fire Farms owner Richard Parry, CSU Viticulture Regional Extension Specialist Charlotte Oliver, and Colorado State University Climatologist Peter Goble on July 15th at the Viticulture Workshop.

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

Personal Donations

Special waves of thanks to our wonderful donors in the last month: Howard K Strahlendorf, David Duquemin, Nancy & Craig Vogt, and Kyle Beasley! Mark, Shawn and I have been truly touched by the support our followers have shown for us!

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, credit card through 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!

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


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

The Pagosa Springs Medical Center committed to another year as a Snowman level sponsor! We extend our immense gratitude to Dr. Rhonda Webb and her entire team for their continued support of our weather service. One of our primary goals is to make a difference for the first responders who will venture out no matter the weather.

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

Blizzard Level Sponsor

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Snowman Level Sponsors

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Pagosa Medical Center
Huge thanks to the Pagosa Springs Medical Center for joining us for another year!

Snowball Level Sponsors

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Storm Sponsor

Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm!

Community Outreach

Learning about Growing Grapes at Fox Fire Farms

Arleen and Shawn joined Peter Goble, the Colorado State University Climatologist and Water Availability Specialist, Charlotte Oliver, the CSU Viticulture Regional Extension Specialist, and Richard Parry, the Owner and vigneron of Fox Fire Farms on July 15th for a sold out workshop on learning how to grow grapes in the San Juan Basin.

We started the day out in the vineyards as Richard told us about the grapes they grow at Fox Fire Farms. Charlotte expounded on that and what are the ideal conditions for growing grapes.

After an hour in the fields the temperature soared in the mid-90s. Great weather if you are a grape but the group of us retired to their cool warehouse. Arleen gave a brief on local climatology and the monsoon forecast. Peter gave a interesting brief on what sort of climate is required for growing different sorts of grapes. We learned that only the southwest corner of Archuleta County is good for growing wine grapes. Then Charlotte gave a brief on growing grapes in your backyard and the “Six Steps to Get Started with Grapes”.

Finally, we had a relaxing lunch while we sampled and enjoyed a few glasses of wine.

Huge thanks to Archuleta County Extension Agent Robin Young for putting together the workshop. It was a wonderful collaboration!

6 people at Fox Fire Farms
Archuleta County Extension Agent Robin Young, Pagosa Weather Arleen & Shawn, Fox Fire Farms owner Richard Parry, CSU Viticulture Regional Extension Specialist Charlotte Oliver, and Colorado State University Climatologist Peter Goble on July 15th.

San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District

Clayton Rizzi, a Fuels Crews Captain with the Forest Service has been keeping a close on the weather in their district as conditions continue to dry out with the temperatures soaring and lightning triggered fires occurring.

Clayton reached out to us and worked closely with Shawn in July. They have had conversations on the forecast process and Shawn’s favorite products for analyzing the atmosphere. Shawn even stopped by for an in person meeting with Clayton in Bayfield.

One of our primary goals at Pagosa Weather is to make a difference for the first responders in our area. We certainly hope we’ve made a difference in the necessary planning for our front line wildfire fighters.

Pagosa Weather Calendar Updates

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

September 23, Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm Mountain Chili Cha Cha; Pagosa Weather Meet & Greet booth.

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

May 23, 2024 Thursday, Ruby Sisson Library; Monsoon ’24 Outlook.

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

CoCoRaHS Newsletter Updates

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 September 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, 2023Terry’s Ace
2 Feet of SNOWOct 15, 2023Alley House
’23-’24 Wolf Creek SnowNov 21, 2023Ski & Bow Rack

Active Contest – 2023 Monsoon Rainfall

Contest: 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.

Prize: 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! Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

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!

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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