Pagosa Weather January ’24 Newsletter!

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Arleen with the amateur meteorologists of the San Juan Outdoor Club


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

Personal Donations

As the year ended, so many of our wonderful followers made generous donations in December! Special waves of thanks: Sherman Wyman, Nancy Dennis, Lori Cruser, Ernest Otoole, Karen LeCour, Ken Daniels, Stephen Trammel, Doug’s View Photography, Mary Ann Durham, James Baxter, R H Potenz, and Beck & Bill Todd.

What your generous donation goes towards

Your donations help us take care 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 now now make monthly or annual donations through PayPal. Just follow this link: How to Donate

You can pick up a 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 of Events, CoCoRaHS and Contest Updates.


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

Dr. Leo Milner was our first sponsor. In fact, he contacted us before there was even a sponsor program! This month Dr. Milner signed up to support us for another 6 months as a Snowball sponsor. Thank you, Leo, for your continued support.

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

Blizzard Level Sponsor

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Snowman Level Sponsors

Alley House Logo
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Pagosa Medical Center

Snowball Level Sponsors

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Huge wave of “THANKS” to Dr Milner, our first sponsor, who continues to support us!!!
San Juan Sled Dogs logo
Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ
logos for Pro Rafting Outfitters, Wilderness Journeys, and A1 Taxi
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Storm Sponsor

Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm!

Community Outreach

Visit to Pagosa Peak Open School Kindergarten

Ms. Saunders at the PPOS will be one of those teachers that will be remembered by many of her students as their favorite teacher ever. The students study weather and learn a weather song. This is our second year visiting these little scientists and we had looked forward to it.

We made a cloud in a bottle, learned how pressure changes based on temperature in a jar, learned about wind with bubbles, and lightning with balloons. We distributed cloud frames but it was a beautiful blue bird day without any clouds.

If any teachers would like us to visit your class, send an email to Arleen at

Shawn & Arleen with the little PPOS scientists!
Making a cloud in a jar! This is always a favorite!

Winter Outlook Talk to the San Juan Outdoor Club

Arleen gave a presentation to the San Juan Outdoor Club on our current winter and tried to answer the question as to where our snow is hiding. The Outdoor Club is always an inquisitive audience and ask great questions.

The winter has been quiet here but locations like Anchorage, Alaska have seen record snowfall. This is evidence of the strong El Nino in play. Finally, the polar front jet is migrating south and Pagosa Country should start seeing some of the long over due snow in January.

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San Juan National Forest

Shawn and Arleen met with the San Juan National Forest Service Fuels Crew Captains from Pagosa and the Columbine ranger districts. Arleen will be providing fire weather training for the new fire crews in the spring for the both the Pagosa and Columbine districts. Shawn has been collaborating with the Columbine Fuels Crew Captain, Rizz, on the weather forecasting process. Rizz is getting very good and might be ready to join Pagosa Weather some day.

Pagosa Weather Calendar

  • Archuleta County Search & Rescue: Arleen & Shawn will meet with Brad Myers to discuss future collaborations.
  • January 16th, Tuesday, 5:30PM – All Things Weather, Snow, Avalanche at Ski & Bow Rack, our Blizzard Sponsor. Shawn and Arleen with Matt Huber from CAIC will give a joint presentation that will be a follow up from the last event, getting more into weather and backcountry avalanche awareness. Plus there will be complementary beer from Riff Raff and giveaways from Ski & Bow Rack.
  • January 18th: Annual Pagosa Weather Board Meeting
  • January 19th-21st: Winter Fest. Pagosa Weather will brief balloonists for the early morning ascensions.
  • 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”.

We welcome two new CoCoRaHS weather observers this month! Welcome to Sharon Dickson who will be reporting from a remote area south on Highway 84. Welcome also to Leah Baxter who will be reporting from the Meadows area.

Weather Data Lovers, CoCoRaHS has recently released CoCoRaHS Data Explorer, or “DEx” for short.  This tool provides countless new ways to visualize and analyze data.  Note: it is highly recommended to use larger screens when viewing the DEx.
Click here to go to the DEx Station Search page for data access to any station in the database. (open to the public)

HELP! 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 January 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.

Shawn will have the December summary with Arleen’s January outlook out tomorrow or on Wednesday.

Contest Newsletter Updates

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

Future Weather Contests

1st Spring ThunderstormFeb 1 2024TBD
1st 75 degrees of 2024Mar 1, 2024Pagosa Mountain Sports
2024 Monsoon RainfallMay 15, 2024The Springs Resort

Active Contest! When will we have TWO feet of SNOW in O’Neal Park? (closed to new guesses) As of today, January 1st, 2024, there is 9″ on the official snow measuring pole. Will we hit 24″ with all the snow coming in over the next few weeks?

Forecast the date and time we measure 24” of snow depth on the ground. The person with the closest guess will get a $100 gift certificate to Alley House, one of our Snowman sponsors! The verification spot is located 7 miles north of Pagosa in O’Neal Park. Today, December 3rd, 2023, we have 9″ in the spot. 15″ to go!

Huge “Thanks” to Joni, Martin, Corey, Dana, Jim, and the entire team at Alley House for their support and sponsoring this contest! In addition, the Alley House is one of our Snowman sponsors.

This contest is closed to an new guesses.

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Kilina Martinez Garcia:  January 3th 6:03,am 

Jillian Cram says: January 3rd at 9:15 a.m. 

Janice Davis says: January 3, 2024. at 2:33 PM. 

Janet Pentis: January 3, 2024 – 9:50 pm 

Ellen Clark Schmidt:  January 4, 5am 

Susan Dussell says: January 5 at 7 am. 

Kim Collins says: January 5 at 11:22 am 

Barbara Remien says: January 5, 2024 at 1pm 

Shane Prince says: January 6th 3pm 

Emily Green-Martinez:  January 7th, 6:11am 

Lisa Vail says: January 7, 2024 at 7:00am 

Cathy Abbott says: January 8th at 8 a.m. 

Bob Ashmore says: January 9, 4:40pm 

Gina Doherty says: January 10,2024 @ 2:15 am 

Connie Mentemeier says: January 10th at 6 am, 2024 

Stacey says: January 10th @ 10am 

Mauri Bishop:  January 11 – 8:00am 

Sue Wintersteen says: January 11 at 9am 

Jane Davison says: January 14th at 7 AM 

Kimberly Jean White:  January 14 at 4:44pm 

Brisa Arreola Duarte:  January 15 at 7:00 am 

Ed H says: Jan 15th 9:43AM 

Jeff Schwander says: January 16 at 8am 

Janet Johnson says: January 17, 2024 at 2pm 

Brady Turner says: January 19th at 5:00 PM 

Joan Scott says: January 20th, 6am 

Juan Molina:  January 20th at 9:30am 

Susan W Zoerb:  January 22, 7:00 am 

Jenny Yurechko says: January 22nd at 1:15pm. 

Gina says: January 22nd at 2:22 pm 

David Hansen says: Jan 22nd 4pm 

Matt Crowe:  Jan 24 at 11:00am 

Nancy Crouse: January 24th @ 4:30 pm 

Judd Campbell says: January 25 at 8am 

Kelly Coleman says: January 29th, 6:00 a.m. 

Tabitha Hart:  Feb 2, 7am 

Karen Vedera says: February 5th at 11 am 

Eric Fisk: Feb. 7th @ 6:00 am 

Suzanne Coe: February 10 7 am 

Denise Fisk says:  Feb 13th @ 4:00 pm 

Gail Freeman: February 14, 2024 @ 3 PM 

Gretchen Dickkut: February 18th @ 12:50am 

Debbie Moore:  February 28 at 12:00 pm  ❄️

Active Contest:

Forecast the Total Seasonal Snowfall for Wolf Creek Ski Area on their final day of operation. (closed to new guesses)

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!

As of today, January 1st, 2024, Wolf Creek had measured 80” so far this winter. The ski resort average is 360”. Their final day of normal operation is expected to be in early April 2024.

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Vicki Jones 320”

Danette Vigil 327”

Donna Simonne 328”

Lady Amber Rhea Vasquez-Schrage 333”

Brad Kinser 333

Lorren Dawes 336”

Amy Rivera 340

Dave Stimpson 345 inches

Amy Shepherd 345

Bill Anderson 345″

Jenny Lynn Heckmann · 346”

Connie McKeithen Prunty 350″

Dab Macke: 355

Marie Humenczuk 356”

Amy Wilk 358

Les Schwandt 359

Danielle Choate 361″

Troy Rettig says: 365”

Susanne Olson 365″

Randy Hays 365″

Patti Spindler says: 365″

Kirk Bliss 368″ Heather

Michelle 369″

Astrid Simund 369″

TomBon May 369

Antonio-Miranda Cabrera 371”

Sally Richmond 372”

Kimberly Hicks Laverty 375

Ed says: 376

Tammie Cypert Apodaca 376”

Musetta Wollenweber 376″

Mary Stokes 377″

Steve Voorhis says: 378”

Ron Bogs 378 inches

MJ Lore 378

Steve Earle 379 inches

Mauri Bishop 381″

Matt Ross 382”

Theresa Cordova-Trujillo 384.5 inches

Amanda Breman 386 inches

Deborah Henderson Stanislaus: 387 inches

Gina Leach 387”

Donna Muir 388”

Kelly H. Coleman 389″

Michelle Juneau says: 390″

Kris Hoff May 391”

Mark Apodaca 391”

Nestor Rivera 391″

Leo Milner 392″

Terri Lynn Grosh 392”

Debbi Plemons says: 393”

Shawndris Coy 393”

Joni Watkins 395”

Michael Barr 396

Jackie Cox says: 396”

Tammy Boen 397”

Tina Edwards says: 398”

Diana Kleckner Aragon 398

Aimee Fredrickson 398

Kari Burkett says: 399”

Jan Powers 399”

Robert Hagberg 399”

Erica Schuyler Hagopian 399″

Sharilyn Knox 399

Holly Baldwin says: 400 inches

Nancy Lynn Carey 400

Barbara Jetley 400

Jerry Williams 400”

Rob Barlow 401

Macee Burrow 401

Jode Fahrion Mckee 402”

Michelle Tressler Kolkau 402″

Simmie E. Rose 402″

Daniel Haskamp 402”

Jana Hoyer says: 403″

Madeline Arnold 403”

Linda Lutomski 404″

Joseph Yoklavich says: 404

Susan W Zoerb 406″

Pat Colby says: 407″

Michelle Carpenter 407

James D Tagliareni Jr. 409”

Barb Ferrell says: 409”

Crystal Dean 410

Cindi Galaty Galabota 411″

Larissa Terrell says: 411

Carol Ann Peterson 411

Sandy Williams 412”

Ben Bailey 413 inches.

Dana Clark 413″

Dee Halley 413”

Belinda Hewitt 413”

Cherese Bergman 413″

Bob Theodore says: 413”

Katelyn Duffy 415

Brittany Cone 417″

Shane Durham 418″

Murphy miller says: 418″

Dustan Mattingly 419

Lucinda Morris Tagliareni 420”

Ben Hicks 420

bob Michael Hughes 420”

Blair Jackson 420

David Wolff says: 420″

Toby Martinez 420″

Phil Slusher 421 inches

Kristin McCollam 421

Rachael Collins 421

Jeshua Thomas 421″

Jerry Jones 422”

Eric Porter 422 

Johnna Thompson 422 inches

Floyd Vail 422”

Gina says: 422 inches

Ilene Gauger 423”

Wendy Burton 423”

Missy Lee 424”

Renee Demianew 424”

Kimberly Jean White 424”

Kay Reed 425

Monica Alley 425

Nancy Green 426 inches

Laura Jones says: 427″

Charlie Tyrrell 427″

Judd Campbell 427

Kathleen Wells Steventon 428″

Shaylah Nicole Lucero 428 inches

Allyson Wilkins 428

Ken Daniell 431”

Ellen Clark Schmidt 432”

Ryan Mathis 432”

Joslynn Hatcher 432”

Adrienne Panter 432″

Kelley White Grose 432

Lauren Fredrickson 433”

Hannah Hemenger 433”

Meg Wempe 434″

Dean Lee 435″

Mike Cianciolo says: 438″

Jeff Bentley 438″

Robert George 438

Diane Steve Horton 439”

Annett Hitchell 439″

Roslyn Reese Earle 440

Brad Hall 441

Dena Laterza 441

Sasha King: 442

Katherine Yoklavich says: 444 inches

Chris Edwards 444 inches

Peggy Andrews 444″

Mike Flihan 444 inches

Suzanne Coe says: 445 inches

Nikki Adams Taylor 447”

Luke Skinner 447”

Donna Marsh 447

Jeff Witten says: 448”

Nicole Smith 448 inches

Tasha Kossler 450”

Rick Holter says: 451″

Ängel Ţhrasher Ẅeaver 452 inches

Katie Howell says: 452

Jeremy Brousseau 453 1/2”

Lynn Robinson says : 453”

Adam Hirshberg 455″

Chris Carpenter 456

Eric Kuhn says: 456”

Lisa Dess 457

Gina Boaz 458”

Theresa Dougherty-Suchanek 459″

Sierra Graham 462″

Cheryl Ward-Bowdridge 468”

Amber Demmert 469”

Koebel Gennan 469

Lisa Griffin Oney 470

Greg Williams 472″

Teri Soto Martinez 472

Jared Conway 473”

Tim says: 475”

Justin Treptow 475 inches

Aly Jones 476”

Jana Doucet 477”

Dolores Rode 477

Kermit Herman 478″

Casey PenguinPups: 478”

Tanner Holman 479”

Joni Croce Bussoli 481″

Audrey Bliss 481

Steve Blechschmidt 481

Alisha Wagner 482″

Casey Fisher 483in.

Carla Salter 484”

Julian Martinez 485″

John P: 486”

Anthony Aldwell says: 488”

Eileen Martin 488”

Annie Stone 488

Molly Sprowle 488″

Venita Durrer 489 inches

Al Wylie 489”

Kim Bristow 492”

Amber Roberts 492″

Valerie Lucas 492 ”

Aaron Anderson 495 inches

Kim Martinez 496”

Mackenzie Hageness 496″

Chellie Panzera 498”

Kristie Bixler 499” 

Vickie LeBlanc 500 inches

Eric Ziminsky 501”

Cia Leigh Adkisson 501

Denise Woods Santille 502″

Liz Herring-Tibbetts 502″

Carrie Thomas 502 inches

Neil Umali 502”

Suanne Freitag McLellan 502

Kathy Kulyk 505″

Stacey Fitzwater 506”

Mike Stang 507”

TJ Martinez 509

Bonnie J. Newman-Schilf 510”

Courtney Wieters 511″

Jasmin Trueba 512”

Lynn Bauman 512

Belen Quila Rutan 512”

Kenny Rogers says: 512″

Patty Sanner 515″

Nathanael Ward 515

Ana Appenzeller 515

Crystal Earley 520”

Lillian Byrne 521”

Lacy Capre 522”

Mary Tighe 525″

Kathy Morrone Wissing 527”

Jan Harms says: 528″

Karen Welch 528”

Corey Shult 529

Emily Green-Martinez 533

Sandra Meyn Thoma 540”

Jared Payne 559″

Michele Berndt 565

Mike Dingman 575″

Nikki Cyr 584″

Cheto Matthew Chavez 589”

Elijah Penguin Pups: 600”

Jarod Miller 605 inches

Meghan Hutcherson 678

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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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