Pagosa Weather October ’23 Newsletter!

Your Pagosa Weather Team, Mark, Arleen & Shawn with our favorite fan, Elijah at the Mountain Chili Cha Cha!

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

Personal Donations Newsletter Updates

Special waves of thanks to our wonderful donors in September: Jean Eilek and Lana & Toby Summers! Thank you!!!

We sold 35 hats at the Mountain Chili Cha Cha! A portion of each of those purchases goes towards covering our costs. More importantly, each of those folks are helping promote Pagosa Weather and the free services we offer when they wear their Pagosa Weather hat.

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!

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.


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

We welcome back to San Juan Sled dogs as our winter sponsor! Huge thanks to Morgan, Christina, Peter, and Chris for their support.

And huge thanks to Pagosa Mountain Sports who renewed for another six months. Thank you, Amanda, Coquette, Janine, and Jake and the entire team at Pagosa Mountain Sports for your support.

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

Blizzard Level Sponsor

Ski & bow rack logo with an archer

Snowman Level Sponsors

Alley House Logo
Ace Logo
Pagosa Medical Center

Snowball Level Sponsors

Dr M Logo
San Juan Sled Dogs logo
Welcome back to San Juan Sled dogs as our winter sponsor!
Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ
Huge Thanks to Pagosa Mountain Sports for renewing for six months!
logos for Pro Rafting Outfitters, Wilderness Journeys, and A1 Taxi
Peggy Andrews Logo

Storm Sponsor

Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm!

Community Outreach

Pagosa Springs ColorFest

It was an amazing weekend that started with the Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival Friday night. Then Saturday morning, the Aspen House and Aspen Services organized the very popular 5K Color Run/Walk that started in fog this year but finished under blue skies.

Early each morning Pagosa Weather’s Shawn and Arleen joined Austin Marchland of Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures to brief the balloon pilots on the morning’s weather. Winds are so critical to a successful mass ascension. Then, the skies filled with color as 32 balloons rose up! They were downtown on Saturday morning and then uptown on Sunday morning. In addition, there was balloon glow Friday and Saturday night!

Colorfest Brief Sat
Shawn & Austin briefing early Saturday morning
Colorfest Brief Sun
Shawn briefing early Sunday morning
Dan Dempster Colorfest 1
The skies filling with color against Pagosa’s majestic backdrop! Photo credit: Dan Dempster

Mountain Chili Cha Cha

The 17th Annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha was Saturday, September 23rd, at the Town Park. The highlight is the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic cook-off. In addition, there were early morning trail runs, a margarita contest, a beer garden, a kid’s corner, and a number of food trucks.

The Pagosa Weather Team also had a booth. It was so wonderful to meet so many of our followers and answer a lot of great questions. We also met a lot of folks who were not familiar with Pagosa Weather and were excited to hear about our free service! We sold 35 of our Pagosa Weather hats. We still have a few left and will have them for sale at our winter weather talks this fall.

Our favorite weather fan, Elijah, visited us as well. Elijah is a Pagosa Springs entrepreneur – the creator of Penguin Pups – tasty and healthy dog treats “everything you need to keep their tales wagging”. And this creative and generous young man donates earnings to get nutritious food to children in need! He’s such an inspiration!

23 Sep 2023 Chili Cha Cha
Mark, Arleen & Shawn with Penguin Pup entrepreneur Elijah at the Chili Cha Cha

Pagosa Weather Calendar Updates

October 5th, Thursday, 6pm: Water Fluency presented by Josh Kurz of the San Juan Water Conservancy District as part of the Lifelong Learning Series at the Ruby Sisson Library

October 21st, Saturday, 10:30am: Daughters of the American Revolution; Community Methodist Church

November 9th, Thursday, 6:30pm: Winter Outlook talk, County Extension building at the fairgrounds. Open to the Public

November 14th, Tuesday: CoCoRaHS training. If you are a CoCoRaHS observer and did not receive an email, please contact us. If you would like to be a CoCoRaHS observer and live in Arboles, Dulce, west on Highway 160, Pagosa Junction, or the upper Blanco, please contact us and we’ll get you set up.

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

May 23, 2024, Thursday, 6pm: Monsoon ’24 Outlook, Ruby Sisson Library.

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 November 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.

Follow link to see Shawn’s Pagosa Weather SEPTEMBER SUMMARY & October Outlook

Follow link to see Arleen’s Pagosa Weather’s Winter Outlook 2023/2024

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

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

Past Contest – 2023 Monsoon Rainfall

Forecast the amount of rain that Pagosa Springs will receive during the three months of monsoon season from July through September. Sadly, we only had 2.68″ this monsoon season.

Cena Chivers Brossard had the closest guess and won a Relaxing Day of VIP Soaking for 4, a prize package experience worth $620 from The Springs Resort, our Storm Sponsor! Congrats to Cena!

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!

Active Contest – First Inch of Snow winter 2023/2024

Forecast the first 1” inch of snow that falls and sticks to the ground. The person with the closest guess will win a $50 gift certificate to Terry’s Ace Hardware, one of our Snowman sponsors. Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

The Pagosa Weather Team will determine and verify the 1st inch of snow.  The two verification snowboards are northwest of Pagosa, one 6 miles northwest and the other 7 miles northwest. A winner will be declared when one of those two snowboards has an inch of snow.

Huge thanks to Grace and the rest of her team for their support and for sponsoring this contest.

Good Luck to everyone!

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10/4/2023 12:09:00 PM Molly Painter Ball

10/9/2023 9:00:00 AM Lucinda Morris Tagliareni

9:00:00 PM Scott McKenzie

10/12/2023 3:30:00 PM Barbara Remien

7:00:00 PM Linda Gunnels

10/13/2023 6:15:00 PM Tamille Bruce

10:00:00 PM Michelle Sweitzer

10/14/2023 10:00:00 AM David Hanson

10/15/2023 6:00:00 AM Gima Leach

10/17/2023 7:45:00 AM Elijah

10/18/2023 5:00:00 AM Terri D.

10/19/2023 8:00:00 AM Stephan Stewart

11:11:00 AM Matt Croak

11:00:00 PM Jackie Cox 10/20/2023

3:15:00 PM Sherrie Milligan

10/21/2023 1:45:00 PM Luckysranchandcattleco Soniat

6:00:00 PM Andrea Byra

10/22/2023 2:22:00 AM Gina Curtis

8:30:00 AM Jeff Whitten

10/23/2023 2:32:00 AM Paul Slusher

4:00:00 AM Andy Bryn

3:00:00 PM Jan Powers

11:39:00 PM Debbie Moore

10/24/2023 4:00:00 PM Denise

7:30:00 PM Laura (Robert)

10/25/2023 5:00:00 AM Austin Marchand

5:02:00 AM Michelle Jenau  

6:00:00 AM Kristie Bixler

10/26/2023 4:25:00 AM Josh Geiger

4:00:00 PM Starla Pribble

5:00:00 PM Patti Spindler

10/27/2023 3:33:00 AM Donna Muir

4:00:00 AM Anlaug

10:00:00 AM Holly S

4:18:00 PM Tonya  Perry Roberts

8:00:00 PM Donna McFarland

10/28/2023 6:00:00 AM Joan Scott

5:15:00 PM Linda Roselli Struckwish

11:35:00 PM Beatriz Ferguson

10/29/2023 3:39:00 PM Stacey

10/30/2023 7:30:00 AM Mike Green

10/31/2023 1:00:00 AM Kristi Jones LaBlanch

4:25:00 AM Bees Knees

8:00:00 AM Lisa Vail

1:45:00 PM Rick Moore

4:45:00 PM Aimee Fredrickson

11/1/2023 1:00:00 AM Debra Priest Wallen

6:45:00 AM Elizabeth Seider

4:00:00 PM Kay Geurin Smith

9:43:00 PM Ed Hensle

11/2/2023 2:13:00 AM Terri Lynn Grosh

7:00:00 PM Christopher Sert

11/3/2023 3:00:00 AM Kristen Derr

7:15:00 AM Tina 2:00:00 PM Kris Hoff May

11/4/2023 2:00:00 PM Debra Henderson Stanislaus

11/5/2023 5:00:00 AM Aaron Anderson

11/7/2023 7:00:00 AM Darin Dillon

11/8/2023 4:00:00 AM Holly Baldwin

7:00:00 AM David Hanson

7:08:00 AM Musetta Wollenweber

8:15:00 AM Jennifer Sharp

11/9/2023 5:00:00 AM Sandy Freeman

6:00:00 AM Suzanne Coe

11/10/2023 1:00:00 PM Terri Smith

11/11/2023 11:02:00 PM Katherine Yoklavich

11/12/2023 4:00:00 AM Shelly Raymond

11/13/2023 8:00:00 AM Pat Colby

5:45:00 PM Venita Durrer

7:00:00 PM Chellie Panzera

11/14/2023 5:00:00 AM Lisa Glazenor Doert

11/15/2023 3:42:00 AM Sandra Meyn Thoma

11/16/2023 6:15:00 AM Meg Wempe

11/17/2023 2:00:00 AM Lisa Claudia

4:00:00 PM Simmie E. Rose

4:00:00 PM Audrey Bliss

11/18/2023 1:00:00 PM Bob Ashmore

11/20/2023 12:00:00 AM Aimee Melendy

10:00:00 AM Roberta DeMarco

11/22/2023 2:00:00 PM Irene Hamburg Mueller

11/24/2023 4:00:00 PM Denise

11/27/2023 2:15:00 AM Brianna Webster

3:01:00 AM Mandy Satterwhite

11/30/2023 5:14:00 AM Laurie Smith

12/1/2023 8:00:00 AM Donna Marsh

8:00:00 PM Bethany Overby

12/3/2023 4:00:00 PM Susan Houseworth

7:00:00 PM Eric Fisk

12/16/2023 3:00:00 PM Lesann Hollenbeck Young

12/20/2023 2:00:00 AM Leah W.

3:45 no AM or PM Tim

12/24/2023 10:00:00 PM Michael and Linda Attwood

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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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