San Juan Mountains

April 17, 2014--Winds paint dusty picture for Colorado snowpack (Boulder Weekly)

The San Juan Mountains often feel the brunt of the dust events, but a recent surge of desert air brought a thick layer as far north as Summit County at the end of March. If you’ve been skiing in the high country lately and noticed the pinkish snow, no need to check your goggles.


February 2, 2014--Where are you, winter? (Durango Herald)

The wind-driven rain and snow that pushed into the San Juan Mountains late Thursday to bring welcome relief to a January that ranks as one of the driest doesn’t alter the long-term outlook for Southwest Colorado, experts say. January in Durango also was warmer than the historical average.


January 25, 2014--Group threatens to sue Colorado over river flows (Associated Press)

A Western environmental group is threatening to sue Colorado, saying its management and allocation of water in the San Luis Valley is putting New Mexico's stretch of the Rio Grande at risk. WildEarth Guardians delivered its notice of intent to sue this week.


June 7, 2013--No snow, weak flow lowers hope (Durango Herald)

An anemic snowpack in the southern San Juan Mountains this past winter is going to leave Southwest Colorado and the Upper Rio Grande basin to the east with stream flows well below average, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports. The outlook contrasts markedly with what the northern tier of the state can expect, the agency said in its June report.


March 20, 2013--Year’s snowpack looking weak (Durango Herald)

If storms don’t add to the current snowpack at Purgatory soon, winter 2012-13 could mark the fifth consecutive decline in total seasonal snowfall since 2007-08 when 290 inches fell. In the preceding four years, Purgatory received respectively, 265, 233, 218 and 204 inches. So far this year, 186 inches have been recorded, 18 inches shy of the 2011-12 mark.


March 19, 2013--Water levels remain low (Cortez Journal)

When a wildfire suddenly broke out last Friday in Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins, Coloradans breathed an anxious, collective sigh: not again. The early season blaze stirred unpleasant memories of last year's trying fire season, which scorched about 385,000 acres in the state, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.


March 10, 2013--Climate change and the local snowpack (Telluride Daily Planet)

The complexities of climate change and its effects on the San Juan Mountains are not well known, but research is being done to dig up some answers.


December 14, 2012--The man who sows snow (Durango Herald)

When Mother Nature brought snow to the San Juan Mountains late Thursday, Larry Hjermstad fired up clouding-seeding generators to increase the bounty. Hjermstad, calculating wind direction, started generators near Lemon Dam and Bayfield to benefit Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.


November 7, 2012--Colorado snowpack off to a poor start (Summit Voice)

It’s still early in the season, but so far, this year’s snow pack in Colorado is running behind even last year’s meager totals for this time of year, as the little bit of snow that fell last month melted away some of the SNOTEL sites.


September 10, 2012--Animas hits 4th lowest flow in 100 years (Durango Herald)

A century of water records show that 2002, the year of the Missionary Ridge Fire, was the driest in Southwest Colorado. But 2012 is close behind, in fourth place. Officials have 99 years of flow records for the Animas River, Rege Leach, the Colorado Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Friday.


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