|Scene from last year’s spring runoff preparation|
A year ago we were all watching the spring runoff almost daily. This year the report lacks some of last year’s drama but I still couldn’t resist sharing the most recent report.
Snowfall in March was again below normal. Current snow pack depths (water equivalent) at key gauging stations in the mountains east of Provo are now at 12 – 15″, 50 – 60% of normal levels for this time of year (24 – 25″); and about 1/3 of the snow pack depths last year at this time, which were in the 36 – 44” range.
Without a dramatic change in weather trends, little, if any, spring runoff is expected out of the frontal canyons east of Provo City this year. Flows in the lower Provo River are about 200 cfs. Peak flows this year will likely be dictated more by artificial releases for the June Sucker than by natural runoff. Utah Lake is hovering near compromise (normal) elevation. It may rise a few inches, depending upon spring precipitation and temperatures, but nowhere near the 2½’ above compromise seen last July.
Thanks goes to Greg Beckstrom for the update.0