Pagosa Weather April ’24 Newsletter!

Shawn & Arleen with Fire Management Team; San Juan National Forest, Columbine District

Included in this newsletter: Big Thank You Waves to Individual Donors & Our Sponsors; Community Outreach News; Calendar of events, CoCoRaHS and Contest Updates

Personal Donations

Huge waves of thanks to folks who made donations in March! Special waves of thanks to: Bobby Phillips, Betsy Cotton, Laura Young, Kevin Ridley!

What your generous donation goes towards

Your donations help us take care of our website manager, Fluid Elements, the Pagosa Weather website, commercial 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 send a Check to: Pagosa Weather, 135-F Country Center Dr. #142, Pagosa Springs CO 81147. 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.


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

The Alley House Grille committed to another year as a Snowman level sponsor! We extend our immense gratitude to Joni, Martin, Jim, and the rest of the crew at the Alley House; our favorite special occasion restaurant!

Wilderness Journeys, an umbrella business that includes A1 Taxi and Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, signed up to support us for another full year as a Snowball sponsor. Thank you, Kevin, and your whole team for your continued 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
Huge thanks to Alley House for joining us for another year!
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
Welcome back WJ, A1 Taxi & PRO for an entire year!
Peggy Andrews Logo

Storm Sponsor

Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm!

Community Outreach

San Juan National Forest Service, Columbine Fire District

The National Forest folks are already thinking about fire season. The fire behavior triangle is made up of fuel, topography and WEATHER!

We have been working with Clayton Rizz, a Columbine District Fuels Crew Captain, since last summer. We’ve been passing on some of our mountain weather forecasting knowledge. He has been so pleased with the training, he wanted us to pass on some of our expertise to other members of the Columbine Ranger District Fire crews.

We visited the Fire Management folks this month. It was a very attentive audience who had some great questions that resulted in exchange of information and thorough discussions.

We appreciate the incredible work and the service that these fire crews provide. It is gratifying to play a small role in helping the Forest Service crews keep the rest of us safe!

We’ll return a few more times this spring to the Columbine District for weather training with the regular fire crews and the fire crew trainees.

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Shawn & Arleen with just a few of the Fire Management folks in the Columbine District.

Safe and Sound; A Search & Rescue Documentary!

Wednesday April 3rd, Doors Open at 5PM, Movie Starts at 6PM at the Liberty Theatre. Sponsored by Pagosa Springs Medical Center and Ski & Bow Rack!

100% of Ticket Sales goes to our Upper San Juan Search & Rescue!!!

Last I heard there are just a few tickets left! $15 per ticket. Buy Online:

SAFE AND FOUND is an educational documentary featuring the Haywood County Search and Rescue Team. You will see what it’s like to work on a Search and Rescue Team in one of the most remote areas of Western North Carolina and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to learning about hiker safety from a Search and Rescue perspective, you will also hear accounts from those who have been rescued, and from a daughter who lost her Mother.

The goal for creating SAFE & FOUND is to put the spotlight on hiker safety education.

Sheriff Mike Le Roux will be the guest speaker. In addition, there will be GIVEAWAYS!

Huge thanks to Pagosa Weather’s Snowman sponsor Pagosa Springs Medical Center and our Blizzard sponsor Ski & Bow Rack for bringing such a pertinent event to our mountain community filled with folks who enjoy getting into our back country.

Poster for movie event

Earth Day ’24!

Come out and meet the Pagosa Weather Team on Sunday, April 21st at Centennial Park near the geothermal greenhouses. We’ll be there from 10:00am till 3:00pm.

We’ll have a weather activity for the kids (and adults) and some giveaways such as buttons, stickers, and yard sticks.

I’ll send a special post about a week before the event that includes more details such as the weather to expect.

Earth Day

San Juan Water Conservancy District Educational Video Series

Shawn and I will be working with Christi Bode from Moxiecran Media this month. Christi is a local video producer specializing in water & natural resources education, particularly in the form of visual storytelling. She recently produced a film on the Plumtaw Fire and wrote & produced a piece for Rocky Mountain PBS on water hauling in Aspen Springs.

Christi is currently working with the San Juan Water Conservancy District on an educational video series about water in the Upper San Juan Basin – a topic that impacts us all. She wants to communicate this in a relatable, personable way to people that live, work, play and visit the area.

She will be interviewing Shawn and I for the first video she is producing that is focused on snowpack and water supply. The 4-6 minute video will provide a 30,000 foot view of the Upper San Juan Watershed, with the focus on its ecological functions.

We are excited to be part of this project.

Below is a clip that Christi filmed at the Wolf Creek SNOTEL earlier this month:

Snow survey with NRCS at the Wolf Creek SNOTEL on March 18th, 2024. Brian, NRCS snow surveyor, speaks to the current conditions and future expectations.

If any teachers or organization would like us to visit for a presentation, send an email to Arleen at

Pagosa Weather Calendar

  • April 21st, 2024, Sunday, 9am-3pm: Earth Day, Downtown
  • May 3rd: San Juan NFS Fire Crew training, Bayfield.
  • May 23, 2024, Thursday, 6pm: Monsoon ’24 Outlook, Ruby Sisson Library.
  • June 5th: San Juan NFS Fire Crew training, Bayfield.
  • June 8th, 2024, Saturday, Blue Grass Festival, Pagosa Weather booth (tentative)
  • July 4th, 2024, Thursday, Parade – Look for the Pagosa Weather team & get a Snowflake!
  • September 20th-22nd, Colorfest, Brief balloonists
  • September 28th, Saturday, Chili Cha Cha, Pagosa Weather Booth

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”.

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: 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 March 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

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, April 1st, 2024, Wolf Creek had measured 312″ so far this winter. The ski resort average is 360”. They will only be open another week. First, we are looking for more snow next weekend!

I think we can focus on who might be a potential winner…

Ski & bow rack logo with an archer

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″

Active Contest: When will Pagosa Airfield hit 75oF! Note: This contest is closed to any new guesses.

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.

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Danny Bartley 3/25/2024 1:20pm

Bonnie J. Newman-Schilf 3/31/2024 12:00pm

Robert Hagberg 4/1/2024 2:15pm

Courtney Wieters 4/2/2024 3:30pm

Dena Laterza 4/2/2024 4:00pm

Louanne Knowles Burgess 4/6/2024 2:30pm

Kathleen Wells Steventon 4/8/2024 2:00pm

Lesann Hollenbeck Young 4/9/2024 3:36pm

KITTY NEAL 4/10/2024 4:10pm

Morgan Rich 4/10/2024 2:15pm

Venita Durrer 4/10/2024 2:35pm

Susan W Zoerb 4/11/2024 3:33pm

Michelle Juneau 4/12/2024 3:00pm

Dustan Mattingly 4/14/2024 2:20pm

Jennifer Brown 4/14/2024 3:25pm

Karma Tinzin Khandro 4/14/2024 3:00pm

Sherry Milligan 4/14/2024 2:46pm

Abey Crenshaw Nelson 4/15/2024 3:48pm

Kim Martinez 4/15/2024 2:30pm

Lyn Schwindt 4/15/2024 12:16pm

Rick Holter 4/15/2024 3:15pm

Rod Giesenschlag 4/15/2024 3:30pm

Michael Zeck 4/17/2024 3:45pm

Pamela Roeder 4/18/2024 3:00pm

Steve Voorhis 4/18/2024 3:30pm

Jan Powers 4/19/2024 3:30pm

Randy Hays 4/20/2024 4:20pm

Wendy Burton 4/20/2024 4:20pm

Lily Tarbet 4/21/2024 2:30pm

Dee Halley 4/23/2024 2:30pm

Steve Blechschmidt 4/24/2024 2:34pm

Lisa Gamber 4/25/2024 4:01pm

Martha Vitale Ball 4/25/2024 2:33pm

Sandra Meyn Thoma 4/25/2024 3:30pm

Shane Durham 4/25/2024 2:45pm

Val 4/25/2024 3:40pm

Penny Kipley 4/26/2024 2:30pm

Gary Lindauer 4/27/2024 3:18pm

Kortnii Mccard 4/27/2024 3:00pm

Nick Puls 4/27/2024 2:00pm

Gina Boaz 4/28/2024 3:00pm

Kirk Bliss 4/28/2024 2:00pm

Aimee Rogacki 4/29/2024 2:37pm

Chuck Riehm 4/29/2024 3:00pm

Emily Green-Martinez 4/29/2024 2:25pm

Sue Fischer 4/29/2024 3:00pm

Tasha Rivera 4/29/2024 3:20pm

Eric Fisk 4/30/2024 11:45pm

Keith Crow 4/30/2024 3:35pm

Mark Langford 4/30/2024 5:00pm

Mary Stokes 4/30/2024 2:00pm

Melissa McDonald 4/30/2024 2:00pm

Pat Colby 4/30/2024 3:00pm

Renee Demianew 4/30/2024 2:45pm

Roslyn Reese Earle 4/30/2024 4:00pm

William Milligan 4/30/2024 2:30pm

Eileen Martin 5/1/2024 12:00pm

Joni Croce Bussoli 5/1/2024 2:00pm

Patti Spindler 5/1/2024 2:00pm

Carol Nailor 5/2/2024 2:15pm

Kacey Lee 5/2/2024 3:20pm

robert bency 5/2/2024 1:45pm

Laura Jones 5/3/2024 3:00pm

Michelle Carpenter 5/4/2024 2:16pm

Ken Daniell 5/4/2024 2:45pm

Amy Rivera 5/4/2024 3:00pm

Annie Stone 5/5/2024 4:20pm

Falisha Cozette Plake 5/5/2024 1:30pm

Phil Slusher 5/5/2024 2:32pm

Meg Wempe 5/6/2024 2:34pm

Bill Milner 5/8/2024 3:33pm

Irene Hamburg Mueller 5/8/2024 2:00pm

Jana Hoyer 5/8/2024 3:30pm

Lisa Vail  5/8/2024 3:00pm

Karisa Bruin 5/9/2024 2:56pm

Joanne Shelton 5/10/2024 2:00pm

Stacey 5/10/2024 3:10pm

Angel Thrasher 5/11/2024 2:00pm

Carol Ann Peterson 5/11/2024 4:00pm

Bryan Weitzel 5/12/2024 2:48pm

Patty Sanner 5/12/2024 4:00pm

Kathleen Porter 5/13/2024 1:30pm

Rob Barlow 5/13/2024 2:37pm

Jackie Kleckner 5/15/2024 2:00pm

Kristie Bixler 5/15/2024 3:15pm

Lisa Baker 5/15/2024 3:30pm

Marie Lattin 5/15/2024 2:30pm

Jon Hopkins 5/16/2024 3:00pm

Kirsten Derr 5/17/2024 3:52pm

Cherese Bergman 5/18/2024 2:10pm

Kimberly Jean White 5/18/2024 4:44pm

Lisa Wilson Seider 5/18/2024 4:00pm

Travis Phillips 5/18/2024 2:45pm

Troy Rettig 5/18/2024 2:30pm

Denise Fisk 5/19/2024 2:00pm

Sandy Freeman 5/19/2024 2:45pm

Janet Tjelmeland 5/20/2024 3:00pm

Michele Berndt 5/20/2024 2:00pm

Shelby Mael 5/20/2024 1:45pm

suzanne coe 5/20/2024 2:15pm

Joan Scott 5/21/2024 2:15pm

Lauri Stumph 5/21/2024 3:28pm

Gina 5/22/2024 2:22pm

Lisa Piatanesi 5/22/2024 3:00pm

erin tuatagaloa 5/24/2024 3:24pm

Julie Pederson 5/24/2024 2:00pm

Terri Theisen 5/25/2024 1:30pm

Diane Horton 5/27/2024 3:03pm

Debbie Fultz 5/28/2024 2:00pm

Jeannette Klinkenborg 5/28/2024 3:30pm

Betsy Cotton 5/29/2024 2:58pm

Musetta Wollenweber 5/30/2024 3:00pm

Gina Leach 5/31/2024 2:00pm 

Maureen Collins 6/1/2024 4:00pm

Terry Arrington 6/1/2024 2:00pm

Ed 6/2/2024 1:55pm

Gina Doherty 6/2/2024 4:10pm

Mauri Bishop 6/2/2024 2:40pm

Rob Page 6/2/2024 3:00pm

Kim Rausch Page 6/3/2024 2:35pm

Joni Martin Shirk 6/5/2024 2:00pm

Russ Swall 6/5/2024 2:00pm

Kenny Rogers 6/8/2024 3:45pm

Jeff Witten 6/12/2024 4:05pm

Katherine Yoklavich 6/22/2024 3:01pm

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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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