Pagosa Weather June ’24 Newsletter!

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Arleen & Shawn with your San Juan National Forest Pagosa District Wild Fire Ranger Crews! (Click on title of post if image does not appear)

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 May! Special waves of thanks to: Valarie Groves and Kurt Huffman.

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.


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
Elk Park Animal Hospital
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!

Community Outreach

San Juan National Forest Service, Pagosa District, Fire Crews

Arleen and Shawn visited the San Juan USFS Pagosa District for part of their 2024 Pagosa District Training Week! They reviewed and introduced a number of concepts that are important to fire-crews in understanding the local climate, topography, and how weather such as the monsoon impacts their fire season. They also explained how different clouds can offer clues as to how the weather is going to be changing and how that can impact fire behavior. They briefed the tools that forecasters use for monitoring conditions such as radar and satellite. They explained the formulas for figuring the Hot, Dry Windy Index and Vapor Pressure Deficit to determine the fire potential. Finally, they reviewed the Red Flag program.

Shawn and Arleen really appreciate the important, difficult work the fire crews perform. They hope the crews found the information helpful in their mission. Training the fire crews is a priority for the Pagosa Weather Team. Huge thanks to Tracy Milakovic, the Pagosa District Fire Management Officer for the invitation to be part of the training week.

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Arleen briefing the fire crews. She finds it difficult to teach without using her hands.
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Arleen & Shawn with your San Juan National Forest Pagosa District Wild Fire Ranger Crews!

San Juan National Forest Service, Columbine District, Fire Crews

Arleen and Shawn returned to Bayfield again to brief more of the San Juan USFS fire-crews and folks in the community that work in connection with the USFS.

Shawn reviewed the weather forecasting process and Arleen reviewed the monsoon outlook. Then they both answered a number of great questions. These crews really understand the connection of weather to wild fires.

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 the Columbine District one more time in June for weather training with the fire crew trainees.

Huge thanks to Clayton Rizz, Columbine District Fuels Crew Captain for the invitations to visit them. Unfortunately, we forgot to get a picture.


Monsoon Weather Talk

We had a great turnout for the Monsoon Weather talk which was part of the Lifelong Learning Program at the Ruby Sisson Library. Once again, it was standing room only!

Arleen and Shawn talked about the Monsoon Season in the southern San Juan Mountains. Arleen explained exactly how and when the monsoon sets up in our area. In addition, she went over the evidence that indicates whether we are going to have a weak, average, or strong monsoon season.

Last year was an abysmal monsoon. We only had 2.68″ precip total for July, August, and September, one of the lowest monsoons in recent years. Note, in 2018, we only had 2.56″. Arleen’s forecast for 2024 is that we will have an average monsoon season.

As always, we had time to answer weather questions and there were several good ones! Unfortunately, we forgot to get a picture of the great crowd.

Huge thanks to Judy Brennen, Adult & Technology Services manager, for the invitation to be part of the Lifelong Learning Program. She already set a date for the Winter Weather Talk! It will be Thursday, October 10th at 6:00pm. Mark your calendar now!


San Juan Water Conservancy District Educational Video Series

Shawn and I worked with Christi Bode from Moxiecran Media last 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 interviewed 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 in March:

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.


Durango Radar UPDATE

We received an update from the LaPlata Public & Governmental Affairs Manager on the Durango Doppler radar at the LaPlata County Airport.

Assembly of the radar is on schedule to begin the week of July 15th with the anticipation of the project being completed in August.

The community will have access to the data via the app and a widget on the La Plata County website. Beyond that, direct access to the data requires paid logins and there may be opportunities in the future to explore providing access to entities outside of the County and NOAA. They’ll have more details on access once the tower is up and looking around.

Our hope is that the data is at least integrated with the other NOAA radar sites on NWS’s radar page, MRMS. As soon as we have definitive information, we will update you.

Site 6 Coverage Map
The Volume Coverage Pattern for the .5 degree radar beam. Green and blue are excellent coverage. Yellows are decent coverage. Reds are poor coverage.

Pagosa Weather Entry in 4th of July Parade

We’re looking for volunteers to help us out with the 4th of July Parade this year. We need about 4 more volunteers to walk with us to hand out candy and squeezable snowflakes. Contact Arleen @ pagosaweather@gmail.com for more information.


Festival of Trees

The Pagosa Weather Team is seeking creative volunteers to help us decorate a tree for the Festival of Trees. Contact Arleen @ pagosaweather@gmail.com for more information.


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


Pagosa Weather Calendar

  • June 5th: San Juan NFS Fire Crew training, Bayfield.
  • 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
  • October 10th, Thursday, 6pm: Winter ’24-’25 Outlook, Ruby Sisson Library. OPEN to the PUBLIC
  • Early December: Festival of Trees; Pagosa Weather tree adorned with snowmen and snowflakes.


CoCoRaHS Newsletter Updates

We welcome Joan on the Lower Blanco as a new CoCoRaHS observer!!! Joan is helping fill in a data gap area. We’re looking forward to her reports!

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 July 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 May 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!


Closed Contest:

When will Pagosa Airfield hit 75oF?

The Pagosa Airfield hit 75 degrees Fahrenheit on May 28th at 12:35. Debbie Fultz won the $25 Gift Certificate to Pagosa Mountain Sports! Debbie had a guess of 2:00pm on May 28th. Congrats to Debbie who has been a longtime follower of Pagosa Weather all the way back to the Todd Cook days.

Pagosa Mountain Sports is 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.

Pagoa Mountain Sports Logo SQ


Active Contest

Monsoon Weather Contest! (this contest is closed to new guesses) The winner receives a Restoration Prize Package from The Springs Resort, our Storm Sponsor! The package includes (2) VIP Day Passes, (2) of their signature Wellness Tonics to enjoy poolside, and a 30-minute Therabody Rapid Recovery Session for two!

The Springs Resort is Pagosa Weather’s Storm Sponsor and is there with us through blizzards and significant monsoon storms. We are deeply grateful for their support!

A BIG thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this soaking!

Kristie Bixler 2.75
Cindi Galaty Galabota 3.23
Michelle Juneau 3.25
Wendy Burton 3.33
Sandi Dillon 4.09
Lisa Vail 4.10
Dale LeBlanc 4.10
Robin Davis 4.20
Amy Shepherd 4.25
Sandra Meyn Thoma 4.26
Jaclyn Price 4.44
Bryan Weitzel  4.55
Mindy Korte-Hibler 4.75
Frank 4.79
Janet Schoen Tjelmeland 4.82
Ed Hensle 4.97
Sharilyn Knox 5.22
Laura L Jones 5.38
Robert 5.47
Suzanne Coe 5.50
Kristin Hentschel 5.63
Debi Callender 5.67
Lisa Glazener Doerr 5.75
Robert George 5.82
Jon Reed 5.91
Kathleen Lutz McFadden 6.04
Mary Stokes 6.04
Trish Nava 6.13
Jennifer Rose 6.16
Sara Pond 6.24
Gavin Fearey 6.25
Lucinda Morris Tagliareni 6.25
Donna Simonne 6.32
Shelley Shrader 6.37
Kimberly Jean White 6.48
Dana Clark 6.67
Michael Brecher 6.79
Rae Hson 6.96
Cynthia Snell Osborn 7.01
Carol Deatsch Blair 7.02
Mary Duffey 7.03
Sarah Riehm 7.14
Kenny Rogers 7.15
Lauri Stumph 7.17
Jeff Witten 7.24
Amy Dutton 7.46
Tiffany Kerr 7.55
Jennifer Sharp 7.65
Kris Bos 7.75
Kathleen Porter 7.79
Art Browning 7.92
Caryl Helsel 8.22
Kelly H. Coleman 8.22
Liz Murray 8.23
Mark Langford 8.25
Cheryl Vetter Browning 8.31
Jenny Hunt 8.36
Emily Green-Martinez 8.42
Ilene Gauger 8.48
Patty Mallory 8.67
Kathleen Wells Steventon 8.72
RowdyandStacie Tarons Cattle Page 8.74
Peggy Pike 8.75
Peggy Pike 8.75
Chuck Riehm 8.79
Kathryn Andrea Grace Woodward 9.12
Caitlin Snarr 9.24
Lesley Smith Britton 9.46
Cherese Bergman 9.50
Ryan Olson 9.56
Carol A. Myerscough-Schilf 9.70
Annette Quezada 9.97
Jon Hopkins 10.12
Kitty Neal 10.12
Bonnie J. Newman-Schilf 10.28
Kay Reed 10.33
Irene Hamburg Mueller 10.88
Carol Ann Peterson 11.11
Kortnii Mccard 11.22
Shelley Raymond 11.25
Musetta Wollenweber 12.20
Lisa Collins Troy 12.22
Julie Pederson 12.65
Michele Sweitzer 13.00
Chellie Marie 13.26
Donna Muir 13.33
Kilina Martinez Garcia 15.50
Katrina Jameson 17.08
Casey Fisher 17.75
Katherine Yoklavich 5/17/2024 12:19pm 20.24

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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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