nLake Powell Water Supply Outlook, March 1, 2017

Lake Powell Water Supply Outlook, March 1, 2017

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Prepared by Alcorn
NOAA, National Weather Service
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
www.cbrfc.noaa.gov

Contents

Lake Powell Sub-Basin Summaries




*Median of forecasts within each basin.





*Median of forecasts within each basin.







*Median of forecasts within each basin.




Upper Green Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Yampa/White Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Duchesne Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Lower Green Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Upper Colorado Mainstem Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Gunnison Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Dolores Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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San Juan Basin Conditions




Snow Water Equivalent in Percent of Median.
* Percent usable capacity, not percent average contents.
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Upper Green Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Green
Daniel, Nr, Warren Bridge, At April-July385 425 440 180 465 500
Pine Ck
Fremont Lk, Abv April-July124 130 143 146 148 160
New Fork
Big Piney, Nr April-July550 610 645 182 700 775
Green
Fontenelle Res, Fontenelle Nr April-July1390 1500 1680 232 1830 2020
Big Sandy
Farson, Nr April-July68 82 86 165 92 109
Green
Green River, Wy, Nr April-July1410 1560 1730 237 1900 2100
Hams Fork
Frontier, Nr, Pole Ck, Blo April-July88 96 108 200 119 134
Viva Naughton Res April-July127 140 156 211 175 200
Blacks Fork
Robertson, Nr April-July99 106 119 134 137 158
Ef Smiths Fork
Stateline Res, Robertson,nr April-July29 33 36 138 40 45
Green
Flaming Gorge Res, Flaming Gorge Dam, At April-July1840 1970 2260 231 2480 2850


Yampa/White Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Yampa
Stagecoach Rsvr, Abv April-July17.5 20 22 96 24 36
Steamboat Springs April-July187 235 255 98 300 355
Elk
Milner, Nr April-July275 345 375 117 415 480
Elkhead Ck
Long Gulch, Abv, Hayden, Nr April-July60 77 87 119 96 120
Yampa
Maybell, Nr April-July715 900 1030 110 1170 1420
Little Snake
Slater, Nr April-July134 167 185 119 205 250
Dixon, Nr April-July280 355 400 116 445 570
Lily, Nr April-July280 375 430 125 485 595
Yampa
Deerlodge Park April-July1030 1300 1500 121 1620 1980
White
Meeker, Nr April-July205 245 270 96 295 380
Watson, Nr April-July220 270 290 104 325 425


Duchesne Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Big Brush Ck
Vernal, Nr, Red Fleet Res, Abv April-July18.9 24 27 129 29 37
Ashley Ck
Vernal, Nr April-July48 57 68 136 73 91
West Fork Duchesne
Vat Diversion, Blo April-July30 33 36 194 38 42
Duchesne
Tabiona, Nr April-July157 169 183 169 196 215
Rock Ck
Upper Stillwater Res April-July104 119 126 170 136 148
South Fork Rock Ck
Docs Div, Blo April-July11.1 12.6 13.8 189 14.7 16
Rock Ck
Mountain Home, Nr April-July127 144 155 176 166 180
Currant Ck
Currant Ck Res April-July34 38 42 210 46 50
Strawberry
Solider Springs,nr April-July98 116 130 183 148 172
Starvation Res, Duchesne, Nr April-July192 225 260 232 300 335
Duchesne
Duchesne, Nr, Knight Div, Abv April-July280 310 335 173 355 390
Lake Fork
Moon Lake Res, Mtn Home, Nr April-July84 99 108 164 116 129
Yellowstone
Altonah, Nr April-July78 96 103 169 114 126
Whiterocks
Whiterocks, Nr April-July60 73 85 157 89 106
Uinta
Neola, Nr April-July93 115 125 169 136 154
Duchesne
Myton April-July520 615 670 203 760 830
Randlett, Nr April-July595 700 800 208 910 1020


Lower Green Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
White
Blo Tabbyune Ck, Soldier Summit, Nr April-July26 33 37 239 42 48
Fish Ck
Scofield, Nr, Reservoir, Abv April-July46 49 55 183 59 70
Price
Scofield Res, Scofield, Nr April-July62 66 78 190 87 103
Green
Green River, Ut April-July4080 4540 5000 169 5850 6550
Huntington Ck
Electric Lake April-July23 25 28 211 31 36
Power Plant, Blo April-July67 74 85 213 91 105
Seeley Ck
Joes Vly Res, Orangeville, Nr April-July63 74 80 143 91 109
Ferron Ck
Ferron, Nr April-July41 49 56 147 59 75
Muddy Ck
Emery, Nr April-July19.7 24 28 141 32 39


Upper Colorado Mainstem Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Colorado
Lake Granby, Granby, Nr April-July190 230 260 118 290 355
Willow Ck
Willow Ck Res, Granby, Nr April-July47 60 70 149 80 110
Fraser
Winter Park April-July18.4 21 23 119 25 29
Williams Fork
Williams Fork Res, Parshall, Nr April-July90 105 115 120 125 160
Muddy Ck
Wolford Mountain Reservoir April-July33 43 57 106 65 83
Blue
Dillon Res April-July150 175 195 120 210 235
Green Mtn Res April-July255 300 330 120 350 420
Colorado
Kremmling, Nr April-July825 1000 1060 123 1180 1490
Eagle
Gypsum, Blo April-July265 300 360 107 400 490
Colorado
Dotsero, Nr April-July1300 1520 1670 119 1770 2270
Frying Pan
Ruedi Res, Basalt, Nr April-July105 125 155 112 165 205
Roaring Fork
Glenwood Springs April-July610 690 790 114 820 990
Colorado
Glenwood Springs, Blo April-July1950 2230 2450 116 2670 3350
Cameo, Nr April-July2150 2500 2780 118 3000 3800
Plateau Ck
Cameo, Nr April-July100 125 145 117 165 200
Colorado
Cisco, Nr April-July4200 5000 5500 124 6000 7300
Lake Powell, Glen Cyn Dam, At April-July7600 9000 10400 145 11700 13800


Gunnison Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Taylor
Taylor Park Res April-July105 117 128 129 145 165
Almont April-July165 185 210 135 235 270
East
Almont April-July200 235 255 140 270 320
Gunnison
Gunnison, Nr April-July415 480 520 141 560 665
Tomichi Ck
Gunnison April-July80 96 110 149 130 170
Lake Fork
Gateview April-July104 130 145 118 165 195
Gunnison
Blue Mesa Res April-July770 870 970 144 1040 1280
Morrow Point Res April-July860 980 1060 143 1140 1370
Crystal Res April-July990 1110 1190 143 1270 1500
Muddy Ck
Paonia Res, Bardine, Nr March-June85 100 115 120 125 155
April-July85 100 115 119 125 155
Nf Gunnison
Somerset, Nr April-July260 300 345 117 380 465
Surface Ck
Cedaredge April-July14 18 21 125 24 28
Uncompahgre
Ridgway Res April-July84 107 118 117 130 160
Colona April-July110 140 158 115 175 225
Delta April-July79 120 133 118 151 205
Gunnison
Grand Junction, Nr April-July1570 1800 1950 132 2200 2700


Dolores Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
Dolores
Dolores April-July280 340 370 151 400 475
Mcphee Res April-July330 400 440 149 475 580
San Miguel
Placerville, Nr April-July109 140 155 121 170 205
Dolores
Cisco, Nr April-July560 735 800 142 880 1090


San Juan Specific Site Forecasts (kaf)

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Forecast
Period
90%
Exceedance
Volume
70%
Exceedance
Volume
50%
Exceedance
Volume
Percent
Average
30%
Exceedance
Volume
10%
Exceedance
Volume
San Juan
Pagosa Springs April-July175 210 245 114 275 325
Carracas, Nr April-July310 375 440 116 495 595
Navajo Res, Archuleta, Nr April-July550 690 840 114 915 1190
Farmington April-July880 1120 1310 119 1420 1780
Bluff, Nr April-July875 1130 1320 120 1450 1840
Rio Blanco
Pagosa Springs, Nr, Blanco Dam, Blo April-July48 57 65 120 74 83
Navajo
Chromo, Nr, Oso Div Dam, Blo April-July55 65 75 115 86 97
Piedra
Arboles, Nr April-July168 200 235 112 265 335
Los Pinos
Vallecito Res, Bayfield, Nr April-July157 190 225 116 240 295
Animas
Durango April-July355 465 515 124 605 685
Florida
Lemon Res, Durango, Nr April-July39 53 65 118 73 93
La Plata
Hesperus April-July25 29 33 143 36 42
Mancos
Mancos, Nr April-July28 37 43 139 47 59

Differences between the full period forecasts and the residual forecasts may not exactly equal the actual observed volumes due to rounding conventions (see Definitions section).

Green End of Month Reservoir Contents (kaf)

EOM
Contents
Percent
EOM
Average
Percent
Usable
Capacity
Last Year
EOM
Last Year
%Average
EOM
Average
Usable
Capacity
untitled Green
Fontenelle Res, Fontenelle Nr 177.6 139 52 148.6 116 127.6 344.8
untitled Big Sandy
Big Sandy Res, Farson, Nr 24.7 164 65 20.4 135 15.1 38.3
Blacks Fork
Meeks Cabin 12.5 101 42 8.1 66 12.3 29.9
untitled Ef Smiths Fork
Stateline Res, Robertson,nr 6.6 123 48 6.2 116 5.4 13.9
untitled Green
Flaming Gorge Res, Flaming Gorge Dam, At 3088.1 102 82 3127.5 104 3015.6 3749.0
untitled Strawberry
Solider Springs,nr 785.3 119 71 792.1 120 660.2 1105.9
Starvation Res, Duchesne, Nr 129.2 89 78 150.9 104 144.5 165.3
untitled Rock Ck
Upper Stillwater Res 12.6 165 40 11.2 146 7.6 31.4
untitled Lake Fork
Moon Lake Res, Mtn Home, Nr 26.7 100 73 22.8 86 26.6 36.5
untitled Big Brush Ck
Red Fleet Res, Vernal, Nr 21.3 115 83 16.7 90 18.5 25.7
untitled Price
Scofield Res, Scofield, Nr 16.6 54 25 11.9 39 30.6 65.8
untitled Seeley Ck
Joes Vly Res, Orangeville, Nr 31.0 77 50 36.8 92 40.2 62.5
untitled Huntington Ck
Electric Lake 16.1 86 51 16.8 89 18.8 31.5
untitled
TOTAL 4348.3 105 76 4369.9 106 4123.0 5700.4


Upper Colorado End of Month Reservoir Contents (kaf)

EOM
Contents
Percent
EOM
Average
Percent
Usable
Capacity
Last Year
EOM
Last Year
%Average
EOM
Average
Usable
Capacity
untitled Colorado
Lake Granby, Granby, Nr 398.0 120 81 406.8 123 332.0 490.3
untitled Willow Ck
Willow Ck Res, Granby, Nr 8.6 105 95 8.7 105 8.2 9.1
untitled Williams Fork
Williams Fork Res, Parshall, Nr 73.2 117 76 76.7 123 62.4 96.9
untitled Muddy Ck
Wolford Mountain Reservoir 50.5 114 77 42.0 95 44.2 66.0
untitled Blue
Dillon Res 218.5 100 86 236.6 108 219.3 254.0
Green Mtn Res 65.7 89 45 65.8 90 73.5 146.9
untitled Homestake Ck
Homestake Res -9999.0 -99 -99 41.2 134 30.7 43.0
untitled Frying Pan
Ruedi Res, Basalt, Nr 66.1 97 65 68.7 101 67.9 102.0
untitled Plateau Ck
Vega Res, Collbran, Nr 12.8 97 39 12.9 97 13.2 32.9
untitled Taylor
Taylor Park Res 69.0 105 65 68.4 104 65.7 106.2
untitled Gunnison
Blue Mesa Res 571.4 118 69 558.5 116 482.2 829.5
Morrow Point Res 102.3 92 87 108.2 97 111.1 117.0
Crystal Res 16.0 101 91 16.8 107 15.8 17.5
untitled Muddy Ck
Paonia Res, Bardine, Nr 2.5 53 15 1.4 29 4.7 16.7
untitled Uncompahgre
Ridgway Res 65.0 94 78 65.4 94 69.4 83.0
untitled Dolores
Mcphee Res 298.7 110 78 249.5 92 272.3 381.1
untitled
TOTAL 2018.3 110 73 2027.5 108 1842.0 2749.1
Colorado
Lake Powell 11217.0 66 46 11224.5 66 17054.6 24322.0
untitled
TOTAL 11217.0 66 46 11224.5 66 17054.6 24322.0


San Juan End of Month Reservoir Contents (kaf)

EOM
Contents
Percent
EOM
Average
Percent
Usable
Capacity
Last Year
EOM
Last Year
%Average
EOM
Average
Usable
Capacity
untitled Los Pinos
Vallecito Res, Bayfield, Nr 76.2 120 61 86.4 136 63.5 125.4
untitled San Juan
Navajo Res, Archuleta, Nr 1339.1 104 79 1404.7 109 1292.2 1696.0
untitled Florida
Lemon Res, Durango, Nr 21.0 100 53 21.5 103 21.0 39.8
untitled
TOTAL 1436.3 104 77 1512.6 110 1376.7 1861.2

Precipitation Maps




Definitions

10% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 10% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Reasonable Maximum Forecast".

50% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 50% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Most Probable Forecast".

90% exceedance forecast: Given the current hydrometeorological conditions, i.e current snowpack, soil moisture and streamflow, the volume that has a 90% chance of being exceeded. Previously referred to as "Reasonable Minimum Forecast".

Acre-Foot (af): The volume equal to one acre covered one foot deep (43,560 cubic feet). See kaf below.

Average: The arithmetic mean. The sum of the values divided by the number of values. Values from 1981-2010 are used for this publication.

Categories: Much Above Average=Greater than 130%, Above Average=111-130%, Near Average=90-110%, Below Average=70-89%, Much Below Average=Less than 70%.

CBRFC: Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.

Forecast Period: The period from April 1 through July 31, unless otherwise noted.

kaf: Thousand Acre-Feet. See Acre-Foot above.

Inflow: The volume of water that flows into a reservoir or lake.

Median: The middle value of an ordered set of values. Half of the values are higher and half of the values are lower. When the set contains an even number of values the median is the average of the two middle numbers.

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration.

NWS: National Weather Service.

Rounding Conventions:
RangeRound to
0-1.990.01
2.0-19.90.1
20-1991.0
200-9995.0
1000+3 significant digits


Streamflow: The volume of water that flows past a specific stream site.

Water Year: The 12-month period, October 1 through September 30. The water year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends. Thus, the year ending September 30, 2008, is called the "2008 water year."


Additional Information

Water supply forecasts take into consideration present hydrometeorological conditions and use average basin temperatures and precipitation for the forecast period. As the forecast season progresses, a greater portion of the future hydrologic and climatic uncertainty becomes known and monthly forecasts become more accurate. For more information on the tools we use, consult Water Supply Forecasting Tools.

Volume forecasts represent adjusted flows; that is, observed flows with upstream water use taken into account. Adjusted flows will closely approximate natural or unimpaired flows. However, not all upstream diversions or impoundments are measured or quantifiable. For specific adjustments used with each forecast point, consult the Guide to Water Supply Forecasting.

The Water Supply Outlook is issued monthly January through May by the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. It represents a coordinated effort between the National Weather Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey and local water district managers.

Note: Data used in this report are provisional and are subject to revision.

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