Pagosa Weather March ’24 Newsletter!

Two people snowshoeing in mountains

“The reinforcements arrived in February of 2019!

Included in this newsletter: Arleen & Shawn’s 5 year Anniversary with Pagosa Weather, Big Thank You Waves to Individual Donors & Our Sponsors; News on Community Outreach; Calendar of events, CoCoRaHS and Contest Updates


Arleen & Shawn Celebrate 5 years with Pagosa Weather!

Todd Cook recruited Arleen and Shawn five years ago to help with Pagosa Weather. They could see the need for Pagosa Weather and why Todd dedicated time to the Facebook weather blog, given the mountainous area and unique weather. Folks in the area yearned for more weather details than National Weather could provide.

In the last five years Pagosa Weather has grown beyond Facebook. Through the community outreach program, Arleen and Shawn have visited a number of schools and organizations including the Outdoor Club, Vet for Vets, Rotary Club, Wolf Creek Ski patrol, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Library as part of the Lifelong Learning program.

They have collaborated with the Archuleta County Extension Agency, Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and the Colorado Climate Center. They provided fire weather training for the San Juan National Forest Service, Pagosa district.

As the NWS Archuleta County Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors, they confer on a regular basis with the Grand Junction National Weather Service (NWS) Office. They were recognized at the national level as 2022 WRN Ambassadors of Excellence.  They are also the NWS Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network coordinators for Archuleta County. 

The informative Pagosa Weather website will be three years old this month! And Pagosa Weather was recognized as a nonprofit three years ago this month, too!

Arleen and Shawn would like to extend special thanks to folks that have helped with Pagosa Weather over the last five years, including weather forecasters, Todd Cook and Mark Langford, website designer Brandon Hatcher, and website manager Dō Engelhardt of Fluid Elements Web. Huge thanks to all the Pagosa Weather Board Members including past members and current members Udgar Parsons, Deborah McLain, Connie Hayes, and Debbie McAlister. Huge thanks to all sponsors including past sponsors, and the current sponsors who are listed below.

And most importantly huge thanks to everyone who has followed us and supported us over the last five years. Arleen and Shawn dedicate their time to Pagosa Weather as unpaid volunteers. They feel it is their civic duty with the knowledge and experience they have to provide this vital community service. Their payment is the thanks they receive when they meet followers in the community. Thank you for the last five years! We look forward to many more!!!


Personal Donations

You all were so generous in February! Special waves of thanks to: Peggy Sherrill, William R. Moore, Jackie & Bart Cox, Barbara Pugh, Rick Holter, and Donna & Carl Thornbrue!

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. 

To make a donation, click on this link: How to Donate. You can donate by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard through Square, or by Check. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Shawn and I have been truly touched by the support our followers have shown for us! THANK YOU!!!


Scroll down to see NEWS on Community Outreach, Calendar of Events, CoCoRaHS and Contest Updates.


Sponsors

We LOVE our Sponsors!  They just amaze us with their 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
Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ
logos for Pro Rafting Outfitters, Wilderness Journeys, and A1 Taxi
Peggy Andrews Logo

Storm Sponsor

Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm!

Snow Dance Contest

We had a snow dance contest to celebrate our current snowpack and to inspire MORE snow! We had four Pagosa Weather followers get out and dance! And the result was a few more inches across the entire area including 10″ at Wolf Creek Pass.

Congratulation to the Sherrill family who won 4 day passes to The Springs Resort! Huge thanks to the Springs Resort, our Storm Sponsor, for sponsoring this weather contest.

Also, thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite snow dances!

Greg Sherrill
The Sherrill family had fun with ice!
Bonnie Newman Schilf 1
Bonnie Newman-Shilf submitted a snow angel!
Lisa Claudia 1
Lisa Claudia did a mystical Fire Dance!
Mary Gary Furlong
Gary Furlong danced around barefoot!

Community Outreach

Earth Day ’24!

Come out and meet the Pagosa Weather Team on Sunday, April 21st at Centennial Park. We’ll have a weather activity for the kids (and adults) and some giveaways. We’ll have more details in the next newsletter.


If any teachers or organization would like us to visit for a presentation, send an email to Arleen at pagosaweather@gmail.com.


Pagosa Weather Calendar

  • April 21st, 2024, Sunday, 9am-3pm: Earth Day, Downtown
  • May 23, 2024, Thursday, 6pm: Monsoon ’24 Outlook, Ruby Sisson Library.
  • June 8th, 2024, Saturday, Blue Grass Festival, Pagosa Weather booth (tentative)
  • July 4th, 2024, Thursday, Parade – Look for the Pagosa Weather team & get a lightning bolt
  • September 20th-22nd, Colorfest, Brief balloonists
  • September 28th, Saturday, Chili Cha Cha, Pagosa Weather Booth

Send an email to pagosaweather@gmail.com 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”.

Weather Data Lovers, CoCoRaHS has 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: https://www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx. Or send us a note and we can send you more detailed information.

Perhaps, our April 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’s February 2024 summary will be out in the next few days. He’s waiting on more DATA!


Contest Newsletter Updates

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

2024 Weather Contests

1st 75 degrees of 2024Mar 7, 2024Pagosa Mountain Sports
2024 Monsoon RainfallMay 15, 2024The Springs Resort

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, March 1st, 2024, Wolf Creek had measured 238” so far this winter. The ski resort average is 360”. They need another 122″ to be average. Thankfully, March is looking to be an active month. Wolf Creek’s final day of normal operation is expected to be in early April 2024.

Everyone is still in the running… Come on El’ Nino! Get to work!

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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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