Thursday, August 6, 2015

Animas River Mine Sediment Pictures above Durango

Tonight around 7:30 the sediment plume made it to Durango, although somewhat dilute from what was witnessed upstream. Much of the sediment is falling out of the water as the river meanders through the valley north of town and the river turbulence quiets. It will likely take a couple of days for the main portion of this to pass Durango completely. Keep in mind that the impacts from this event will take a long time to clear up and we will likely see this sediment stirred up with the rise and fall of the river. Given the river flows at this time of year and the slow movement from north to south, operators have had lots of time to shut down drinking and agricultural water diversions along the Animas including city of Durango water. What happens next will be determined by the test results from the EPA tomorrow.

Until we have a clear picture of the hazard, stay on the side of caution and stay out of the river.

We have word that Cement Creek and the Animas near Silverton are clearing up a bit tonight.

Here are some pictures of the sediment flow near Baker's Bridge today.





This aerial is from KOB tv. See their video HERE

Note how much sediment settled after 12 minutes 

These are from this morning south of Baker's Bridge at the East Animas Canal Diversion










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Animas River is Closed until Further Notice

Effective Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith issued an order pursuant to CRS 33-13-111 and 112, closing the Animas River to all watercraft including canoes, kayaks, tubes, rafts and other flotation devices from the north County line (San Juan County, Colorado) to the south County line (at the Colorado/New Mexico State line) until further notice.  Furthermore, all such watercraft must be removed from the Animas River within the locations cited above.  
 
“This decision was made in the interest of public health after consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, San Juan Basin Health Department and representatives of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe,” advised Sheriff Sean Smith.  “This Order shall remain in effect until it is determined that the river is safe.  EPA test results of the Animas River are expected within 24-48 hours, and the Order will be re-evaluated at that time.”  
 
The City of Durango and La Plata County Sheriff’s Office are posting notices along the Animas River to notify citizens.   
 
A Call Center has been set up for the public at 970-385-8700.  As additional information is received, it will be posted to the La Plata County website at http://www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency, San Juan Basin Health Department’s Website at www.sjbhd.org, La Plata County Government Facebook and San Juan Basin Health Department Facebook.

Gold King Mine release of water will affect Durango this afternoon

Yesterday, the EPA and State Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety team working to investigate and address contamination at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colo. unexpectedly triggered a large release of mine waste water into the upper portions of Cement Creek.  Initial estimates are that the release contained approximately 1 million gallons of water that was held behind unconsolidated debris near an abandoned mine portal.  There were several workers at the site at the time of the breach, all were unharmed.  
 
The EPA recommends that recreational users of the Animas River avoid contact with or use of the river until the pulse of mine water passes.
 
The acidic mine water associated with the release contains high levels of sediment and metals.  EPA teams are conducting sampling and visual observations today and will be monitoring river conditions over the next several days.  The water associated with the release is obvious and highly discolored. 
 
This mine waste water was sighted at Baker’s Bridge (north of Durango) early this morning.  It is estimated that it will arrive within the city limits of Durango by approximately 3:00 p.m.
 
La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan Basin Health Department and City of Durango have been monitoring the issue since yesterday.  Local officials will be working to notify recreational users to avoid contact with the river until further notice.  All agricultural water users have been notified to shut off water intake.  It is recommended that pet owners keep their dogs and livestock out of the Animas River until further testing can be done to determine the content of the waste water.
 
Joe Lewendowski, Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango said, “Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are monitoring the impacts to the fish and other wildlife in the Animas River.” 
 
A Call Center has been set up for the public at 970-385-8700.  As additional information is received, it will be posted to the La Plata County website at http://www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency, San Juan Basin Health Department’s Website at www.sjbhd.org, La Plata County Government Facebook and San Juan Basin Health Department Facebook.

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015-06-24 Upper Animas Lower Rapids and Gorge Search





SAR Search/Recovery 2015-06-24
Subject last seen in Upper Animas Rapids
Ingress: At or below Tank Creek
Last Seen Point: South end of Ah Wilderness Camp

The following pictures were made 6-21-2007 during an aerial survey performed by La Plata County SAR, OEM and Sheriff's Department to assist in future searches/rescues/recoveries such as today. The complete Upper Animas photo catalog are included in this Google Earth File with landmarks, rapids, and RR info along the river.


3421 At or Near Ingress at Tank Creek

3422 through 3428 Along Animas River from Tank Creek through 
3423


3424
3426

3427

3428 Bridge at Ah Wilderness

3442 Animas River from below MP474 

3466 Beginning of HighLine 


3468 The remainder of photos are of the Animas Gorge
3495

3499

3504

3509

3518

3524 Log Jam

3526

3531

3535

Friday, June 12, 2015

High Water Continues in La Plata County, but no road closures or evacuations

Officials from several agencies have continued to monitor high water conditions on several streams and rivers in La Plata County.  No evacuations have been made, but some property owners downstream of Vallecito Reservoir have reported minor flooding and water in areas where there has been no water in recent years.  Yesterday, the Upper Pine Fire Protection District filled over 200 sandbags for homes and worked hard to remove debris from bridges along the Pine River to ensure bridge integrity and prevent flooding around the bridges.  The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office patrolled the Pine River below the Vallecito Reservoir watching bridges and flow to ensure safety.

The National Weather Service has a flash flood watch in place for La Plata County.  A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  Heavy rain is still in the forecast for the next few days.  Forecasters are expecting storms today that could produce ¼ to ¾ inch of precipitation.  Additional thunderstorms are expected Saturday afternoon and scattered showers are forecasted for Sunday.  In anticipation of the additional moisture from these storms, the heavy discharge out of Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs will continue for the next few days depending upon weather patterns, moisture accumulations and upper elevation temperatures in the headwater areas of the streams.  If rain falls on snow in the high elevations, it could cause a noticeable increase in the snowmelt resulting in high runoff into the streams.

Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs were nearing full capacity when we received the late season, heavy snow accumulation in the headwaters of streams and rivers that pass through La Plata County and two tropical weather systems this month that created significant increases to the inflows going into the reservoirs.  Consequently, operators of those two irrigation structures had to make room for the additional water by discharging large volumes of water out of the reservoirs.  This has led to significant flows downstream of the reservoirs.  As a result, property owners below the reservoirs are experiencing larger water volumes in the Florida and Pine Rivers as water is released to create additional retention capacity in the reservoirs.  These large, controlled discharges are intended to prevent larger, uncontrolled flooding out of the reservoirs. 

No other significant issues have been reported for County Roads overnight, but motorists are urged to drive carefully as they may encounter debris and mud on the roads.  Motorists should not drive into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow a safe crossing. If flooding is observed, act quickly. Do not enter the water. Turn around and move up to higher ground.

“There has been an excellent multi-agency process that has brought many professionals to the table to observe and predict impacts from these conditions,” said Butch Knowlton, La Plata County Emergency Management Director.  “There is just not one expert that can address all of the issues that this type of event creates.  Therefore all of those people coming together to share their expertise and knowledge has been impressive, and very much appreciated.”

Some of the agencies coordinating the efforts include: Pine River Irrigation District, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Dam Safety Office in Denver, National Weather Service, NOAA, Colorado River Basin Forecast Center, Upper Pine Fire Protection District, Los Pinos Fire Protection District, Bayfield Marshal, CDRC Corps of Engineers, Southern Ute Tribal Officials, US Forest Service Columbine and San Juan Hotshots, La Plata County Road and Bridge, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Department, La Plata County Search and Rescue, and numerous ditch companies and water users.
.

The National Weather Service is the best source for weather updates.  Visit them online at www.weather.gov/.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Update on High Water-no evacuations or road closures. Officials continue to monitor

Officials from several agencies continued to monitor high water conditions on several streams and rivers in La Plata County today.  These conditions were brought on by the late season, heavy snow accumulation in the headwaters of streams and rivers that pass through La Plata County and two tropical weather systems this month that created significant increases to the inflows going into the reservoirs.

In particular, the Vallecito and Pine River drainage areas that flow into Vallecito Reservoir have been closely monitored today.  Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs were nearing full capacity when the additional precipitation accumulated in the river basins above the reservoirs.  Consequently, operators of those two irrigation structures had to make room for the additional water by discharging large volumes of water out of the reservoirs.  This has led to significant flows downstream of the reservoirs.  As a result, property owners below the reservoirs are experiencing larger water volumes in the Florida and Pine Rivers as water is released to create additional retention capacity in the reservoirs.  These large, controlled discharges are intended to prevent larger, uncontrolled flooding out of the reservoirs.  These high volume releases could continue, and possibly increase, for the next few days depending upon weather patterns and moisture accumulations and upper elevation temperatures in the headwater areas of the streams.  If rain falls on snow in the high elevations, it could cause a noticeable increase in the snowmelt resulting in high runoff into the streams.

The National Weather Service has downgraded the flash flood warning to a flash flood watch in La Plata County.  A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  Today, .34 inches of rain fell at Lemon dam, but areas north of the dam received more rainfall.  Rainfall is expected to be minimal after midnight tonight and then more moisture is anticipated Friday afternoon.

No evacuations have been made, but some property owners downstream of Vallecito Reservoir have reported minor flooding and water in areas where there has been no water in recent years.  Upper Pine Fire Protection District has been working to sandbag at-risk homes along the Pine River and Upper Pine and officials have been constantly monitoring bridges for debris.

County Road 322 had some flooding over the road near La Boca this morning, but it is now clear.  No other significant issues have been reported on other County Roads, but residents are asked to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and carefully as they may encounter debris and mud on the roads.  Motorists should not drive into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow a safe crossing. If flooding is observed, act quickly. Do not enter the water. Turn around and move up to higher ground.

“There has been an excellent multi-agency process that has brought many professionals to the table to observe and predict impacts from these conditions,” said Butch Knowlton, La Plata County Emergency Management Director.  “There is just not one expert that can address all of the issues that this type of event creates.  Therefore all of those people coming together to share their expertise and knowledge has been impressive, and very much appreciated.”

Some of the agencies coordinating the efforts include: Pine River Irrigation District, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Dam Safety Office in Denver, National Weather Service, NOAA, Colorado River Basin Forecast Center, Upper Pine Fire Protection District, Los Pinos Fire Protection District, Bayfield Marshal, CDRC Corps of Engineers, Southern Ute Tribal Officials, La Plata County Road and Bridge, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Department, La Plata County Search and Rescue, and numerous ditch companies and water users.
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A Call Center has been set up for the public at 970-385-8700 and will be open until 8:00 p.m. tonight.  The National Weather Service is the best source for weather updates.  Visit them online at www.weather.gov/.  

High Water Conditions in La Plata County

“If you don’t believe the weather changes frequently in Colorado, just look at La Plata County!” said Butch Knowlton, La Plata County Emergency Management Director. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sign up for Emergency Notifications in La Plata County

The 2015 Fire season is upon us, get the emergency alerts...
The Durango-La Plata Emergency 911 Communications Center updated the Reverse 911 alerting system to CodeRED recently. The new system has many features that enhance our ability to create and distribute emergency alerts.
All land line phones are already included in the notification system. Cell phones, internet (IP) based phones and others are not.

If you had signed up for the previous system prior to January 2015 you will unfortunately have to sign up again for the new system.

Any information put in the system is exclusively for use to distribute emergency notifications from local Fire, Law Enforcement and Emergency Management.

Step 1: Go to co.laplata.co.us/emergency and follow the links or just hit HERE
Step 2: Add an address
Step 3: Add phones and emails
Step 4: Choose managed account (make a login), or verify only
Step 5: Verify info, you can even move the mapped address to exactly where your house is

Now you are fully connected!

CodeRED has a mobile app for Apple and Android devices
Get it HERE or search in the app store for your device
This is a separate system but will be connected to any CodeRED emergency alert through your location. This works in any community using CodeRED which is about 2/3 of Colorado! You can also add other alerts from the weather service and others which work anywhere you go.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WINTER STORM WARNING issued for all #LaPlataCO from Wed Night through Fri morn #COWX

WWUS45 KGJT 302037
WSWGJT

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
137 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014

..NEW YEARS EVE AND DAY STORM SET TO IMPACT SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO...

.AS AN UPPER LOW APPROACHES THE FOUR CORNERS FROM THE SOUTHWEST...
SNOWFALL WILL INCREASE OVER THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND SPREAD INTO THE SOUTHERN VALLEYS OVERNIGHT. SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ROADWAYS ICY AND SNOWPACKED NEW YEARS EVE WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL EXPECTED NEW YEARS MORNING. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO IMPACT TRAVEL WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.

COZ019-310445-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WS.A.0024.141231T1300Z-150102T0100Z/
/O.NEW.KGJT.WS.W.0023.150101T0400Z-150102T1600Z/
SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS
137 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY TO 9 AM MST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY TO 9 AM MST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD WEDNESDAY AND THEN
CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED
WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...8 TO 14 INCHES.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS...SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND
MOUNTAIN PASSES. SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
RESULTING IN SLICK CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

COZ021>023-310445-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WS.A.0024.141231T1900Z-150102T0100Z/
/O.NEW.KGJT.WS.W.0023.150101T0400Z-150102T1600Z/
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN- SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...
DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO
137 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY TO 9 AM MST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY TO 9 AM MST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP WEDNESDAY BECOMING WIDESPREAD
BY LATE IN THE DAY...THEN CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY. BEST
ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY
MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...4 TO 8 INCHES.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS...SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADS AND HIGHWAYS RESULTING
IN SLICK CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

www.weather.gov/

Friday, December 26, 2014

WINTER STORM WARNING in effect across region through midnight



-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/12/25 21:13 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENWSWGJT

WWUS45 KGJT 260412
WSWGJT

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
912 PM MST THU DEC 25 2014

COZ019-261215-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WW.Y.0052.000000T0000Z-141227T0700Z/
/O.EXA.KGJT.WS.W.0021.000000T0000Z-141227T0700Z/
SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS
912 PM MST THU DEC 25 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY
NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT
MST FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY THROUGH FRIDAY
  EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...6 TO 10 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS
  EXPECTED EAST OF HIGHWAY 550 AND MAINLY IN ARCHULETA COUNTY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS...HOLIDAY TRAVEL WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED
  ESPECIALLY OVER THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY. ROADS WILL BECOME
  SNOWPACKED AND ICY WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED IN SNOWFALL AND
  BLOWING SNOW. BE PREPARED FOR TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

COZ022-261215-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WW.Y.0052.000000T0000Z-141226T1200Z/
/O.EXA.KGJT.WS.W.0021.000000T0000Z-141227T0700Z/
ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO
912 PM MST THU DEC 25 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY
NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT
MST FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...4 TO 6 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS
  EXPECTED EAST OF HIGHWAY 550.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE IMPACTED DUE TO ICY AND SNOW COVERED
  ROADS. IF TRAVELING DURING THIS HOLIDAY...BE PREPARED FOR
  TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

www.weather.gov/

Friday, November 14, 2014

WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect through Sunday for San Juan Mtns. 8-18" more snow expected

WWUS45 KGJT 141924
WSWGJT

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
1224 PM MST FRI NOV 14 2014

.PRECIPITATION IS BEGINNING TO INCREASE OVER THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL AS A BAND OF RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS I-70 FROM DEBEQUE AND EAST. WEATHER RADAR INDICATES THE NEXT BATCH OF HEAVIER PRECIPITATION TRACKING EAST ACROSS CENTRAL UTAH. SNOW AND RAIN WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY AS IT REACHES THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN COLORADO THIS EVENING.


COZ018-019-150330-
/O.CON.KGJT.WS.W.0015.000000T0000Z-141116T1300Z/
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...
SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS
1224 PM MST FRI NOV 14 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY...

* TIMING...SNOW SHOWERS ARE BEGINNING TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND
MODERATE SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
OVERNIGHT. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH RATES IN EXCESS OF
INCH PER HOUR. EXPECT PERIODS OF SNOW TO CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY
MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...ADDITIONAL 8 TO 14 INCHES WITH LOCALLY
HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 18 INCHES.

* WINDS...ABOVE 9500 FEET...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45
MPH.

* IMPACTS...ALL MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL HAVE ICY AND SNOWPACKED
CONDITIONS. THE COMBINATIONS OF SNOW...FOG...AND DRIFTING AND
BLOWING SNOW OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL MAKE TRAVEL CHALLENGING
DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WINTER STORM WARNING for upper elevations of San Juan Mtns #cowx #hunting



-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/11/01 15:36 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENWSWGJT

WWUS45 KGJT 012136
WSWGJT

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
336 PM MDT SAT NOV 1 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY FOR THE HIGHEST
ELEVATIONS OF THE COLORADO CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE
MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHEAST UTAH...

.A STRENGTHENING PACIFIC WINTER STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA
TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. INITIALLY WARM TEMPERATURES WILL KEEP SNOW
ACCUMULATION ABOVE ABOUT 9500 FEET. COLDER AIR WILL ARRIVE SUNDAY
NIGHT AND THE SNOW LEVEL WILL LOWER TO AROUND 8000 FEET. STILL...
THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE 9500 FEET.

STRONG SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS THROUGH SUNDAY WILL FOCUS INITIAL
SNOWFALL ON SOUTH-FACING SLOPES. AFTER THE COLD FRONT MOVES
THROUGH LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...WINDS WILL SHIFT TO
THE NORTHWEST AND MOVE THE HIGHER SNOW ACCUMULATION TO THE
NORTHWEST AND NORTH-FACING SLOPES.

COZ009-012-013-018-019-UTZ028-020545-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WS.A.0016.141102T1200Z-141104T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KGJT.WS.W.0014.141102T1200Z-141104T0000Z/
GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-
FLATTOPS-NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SILVERTON...RICO
336 PM MDT SAT NOV 1 2014

..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SUNDAY TO 5 PM MST
MONDAY ABOVE 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 9500 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SUNDAY TO 5 PM MST MONDAY. THE
WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND INCREASE
  IN INTENSITY THROUGH THE DAY ON SUNDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS
  EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...4 TO 8 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
  POSSIBLE.

* SNOW LEVEL...INITIALLY AROUND 9500 FEET...BUT WILL DROP BELOW
  8000 FEET SUNDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH...
  SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AND DECREASING SUNDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITY...BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES IN HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.

* IMPACTS...HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL BECOME ICY AND SNOW PACKED.
  BACK COUNTRY ROADS TRAVELED BY HUNTERS AND OTHER OUTDOOR
  ENTHUSIASTS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE DUE TO MUDDY AND ICY
  CONDITIONS.

  THE INTENSITY OF EARLY SEASON STORMS SUCH AS THIS CAN TAKE
  PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. PLEASE PREPARE FOR WINTER-LIKE CONDITIONS
  IF YOU PLAN ANY TRAVEL INTO THE MOUNTAINS SUNDAY THROUGH
  MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

CUOCO

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

FLOOD WATCH issued for Durango area tonight through Sunday morning

> WGUS65 KGJT 272100
> FFAGJT
>
> URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
> FLOOD WATCH
> NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
> 300 PM MDT SAT SEP 27 2014
> COZ001>003-006-007-009-011-013-017>022-280500-
> /O.NEW.KGJT.FF.A.0013.140928T0600Z-140928T1800Z/
> /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
> LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-
> ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-
> GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
> CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN-FLATTOPS-
> UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
> NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
> PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-
> FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
> INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...HAYDEN...
> MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...PALISADE...
> RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...SKYWAY...CEDAREDGE...DELTA...
> HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...RIDGWAY...
> GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...
> HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...
> DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO
> 300 PM MDT SAT SEP 27 2014
>
> ..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
> MORNING...
>
> THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
>
> * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL COLORADO...NORTHWEST
>   COLORADO...SOUTHWEST COLORADO AND WEST CENTRAL COLORADO...
>   INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN CENTRAL COLORADO...
>   FLATTOPS. IN NORTHWEST COLORADO...CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN
>   AND ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS. IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO...
>   ANIMAS RIVER BASIN...FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER...
>   NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS...PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES
>   RIVER...SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU
>   AND DALLAS DIVIDE. IN WEST CENTRAL COLORADO...CENTRAL GUNNISON
>   AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN...DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR...GRAND
>   VALLEY...GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS AND LOWER YAMPA RIVER
>   BASIN.
>
> * FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING
>
> * SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL...LOCALLY IN EXCESS OF ONE INCH WITH
>   GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE...IS EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
>   WESTERN COLORADO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. STEADIER
>   MODERATE RAIN WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS BRINGING PERIODS OF
>   HEAVIER RAINFALL WILL SPREAD INTO WESTERN COLORADO LATE THIS
>   EVENING...AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. RAINFALL IS
>   EXPECTED TO BECOME LIGHTER AND MORE SPOTTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
>
> * THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT WILL BE GREATEST ACROSS SLOT CANYONS...
>   SLICK ROCK AREAS...NORMALLY DRY WASHES...SMALL STREAMS IN
>   STEEP TERRAIN AND NEAR RECENT BURN SCARS. SOME MAIN STEM
>   RIVERS WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT RISES FROM THIS PROLONGED PERIOD
>   OF RAINFALL. IN ADDITION...URBAN AREAS WITH POOR DRAINAGE WILL
>   BE AT RISK OF FLOODING AND TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BECOME DIFFICULT
>   ON BACKCOUNTRY ROADS.
>
> PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
>
> A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
> TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
>
> YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
> SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
>
> &&
>
> $$
>
> www.weather.gov/

Monday, September 22, 2014

FLOOD WATCH in effect through 9am. Slow down this morning. Watch for runoff




Tom McNamara
Sent from my tablet. Please forgive the errors. 


-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/09/22 06:19 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENFFAGJT

WGUS65 KGJT 221218
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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
618 AM MDT MON SEP 22 2014

COZ019-022-023-221500-
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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...DURANGO...
BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY
618 AM MDT MON SEP 22 2014

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM MDT THIS
MORNING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO...
  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO...
  SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN. IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO...ANIMAS RIVER
  BASIN AND SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS.

* UNTIL 9 AM MDT THIS MORNING

* WIDESPREAD RAIN SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE
  EARLY THIS MORNING...THEN GRADUALLY DECREASE THROUGH THE DAY.
  LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE FROM THE MANCOS RIDGE
  EASTWARD THROUGH LA PLATA...ARCHULETA...SAN JUAN...AND HINSDALE
  COUNTIES.

* PORTIONS OF LA PLATA COUNTY INCLUDING DURANGO HAVE SATURATED
  SOILS FROM RECENT HEAVY RAIN. ANY SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL TONIGHT
  MAY PRODUCE RUNOFF PROBLEMS OR FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD
WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

$$

CJC

www.weather.gov/

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FLASH FLOOD WARNING remains in effect through 8am. Minor flooding observed in and around Durango. Drive careful

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "EWARN-" <ldad@noaa.gov>
Date: Sep 21, 2014 5:53 AM
Subject: DENFFSGJT
To:
Cc:

WGUS75 KGJT 211153
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FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
553 AM MDT SUN SEP 21 2014

COC007-067-211400-
/O.CON.KGJT.FF.W.0021.000000T0000Z-140921T1400Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
LA PLATA CO-ARCHULETA CO-
553 AM MDT SUN SEP 21 2014

..THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 AM MDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN LA PLATA AND SOUTHWESTERN ARCHULETA COUNTIES...

AT 550 AM MDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING IN
DURANGO AND NORTH OF TOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 550 DUE TO HEAVY RAIN WITH
EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS. OBSERVATIONS INDICATE 1.5 TO 2 INCHES OF
RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN WITHIN THE LAST 6 HOURS. WHILE THE HEAVIEST
RAIN HAS ENDED...FLOODING IS STILL POSSIBLE OR MAY STILL BE
OCCURRING.  MORE HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON.

SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...OXFORD...
VALLECITO...TRIMBLE...HERMOSA AND FALFA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING.

&&

LAT...LON 3718 10793 3746 10796 3742 10754 3700 10745
      3700 10769

$$

MDA

www.weather.gov/

Friday, September 12, 2014

Floods in Colorado - Closer to home than you think

Many of you remember the floods that occurred across the front range last September. Mountains above Boulder and Ft Collins had upwards of 12 inches of rain! It has been a long time since La Plata County has seen flooding, but I am here to remind you; it has happened here and it will happen again. Just a few days ago we were under a Flash Flood Watch. The weather models from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction weren't clear on where the greatest impact were anticipated. Lucky for us, the rain stayed mostly west of us. Arizona and Utah got the biggest downpours which brought on the biggest impacts. Broad areas of Arizona and Utah received 3 inches in just a few (7) hours. Isolated spots measured 8" as clouds lifted against mountains and moisture was released. Precipitation caused by uplift against hills is known as orographic rainfall which is a very common phenomenon here at the foot of the Rockies.

To put this week's storm in perspective:

October 5, 1911: 

Durango's worst recorded flooding. The Animas river flowed at an estimated 25,000cfs. Areas in San Juan County at the headwaters of the Animas saw 4-8 inches over 36 hours. Durango received 3.42" Take a look at the Durango Herald article from the 100 year anniversary of the flood.

September 9, 1970: 

Durango again received over 3". This time over 4" fell over Vallecito and Lemon. Take a look at this report of that storm, It is very, very similar to this week's monsoonal storms except that in 1970 storms pushed NE into us instead of N into Utah. In 1970, the Animas was estimated at 11,600cfs, and 1,700 on the Hermosa. At the bottom of the page are some pictures from the aftermath of the 1970 storm.

Almost every year isolated storms cause flooding or debris flows somewhere: 

Animas valley, Vallecito Ck, Texas Ck, Pine River, La Plata River, Junction Ck, Lightner Ck, and Hermosa Ck. are all susceptible. Flows come from from long duration events or big downpours. We have had mud and debris flows on almost every drainage along the Animas Valley north of Durango and many others that occur from sudden cloud bursts. Debris flows are unpredictable, can change path at any time and are incredibly powerful.

If it happens today:

If we had a 1911 flood today these things would be likely:
  • Hwy 160 would be impassable at La Plata River, Animas River, Dry Creek, Florida River and Pine River at Bayfield. 
  • Hwy 550, and CR 203, 501, 213, 172, 250, 240, 204, 205, 140, 141 and others will be impassable. 
  • The Animas would come over Main St. near the intersection with Camino Del Rio.
  • Numerous roads, culverts and bridges, both public and private would be damaged or destroyed.
  • The railroad will be inundated and damaged in multiple areas.
  • Phone, internet (including most cell phones), electricity, natural gas, water and sewer systems would be damaged or incapacitated.
  • Responders and crews would likely be busy with their own family or stranded, making help and repairs difficult. 
  • Credit and bank cards won't work without phone or internet.
  • Gas pumps don't work without power.
  • Supply chains for fuel, food, propane, etc. will be delayed or cut off. 
  • Methane (gas well) gathering systems may be compromised.
  • Your water well, water treatment, city sewage, and many other water systems don't work without power (some systems luckily have generators).
  • Homes and businesses will be flooded or washed away.
  • and more...
While living in rural parts of the U.S. has many benefits, it also has drawbacks. Ranchers and outdoors-folk are more prepared for tough situations like these, however we all depend on services that are very vulnerable to natural and man made disasters. It is up to you as an individual to prepare for you, your family and your property for emergencies and disasters. Fire, EMS, Police, Sheriffs, volunteers, service providers and local government will do everything in our power to help you and to rebuild the community from whatever comes our way. Remember, we can't help everyone at once; we are all part of the community and personally impacted as well; we have limited capabilities; we have limited personnel, and we can't do everything for you.

Look around your home and your place of work.
  • What hazards threaten you? Floods, flash floods, wind, snow, fire? 
  • What in your home depends on electricity? Lights, your gas heater, water well, medical equipment, cell phone charger, community water, community sewer? 
  • What depends on internet? Land line phones, 911, cell phones (sometimes even the address book!), fuel for vehicles, ATM machines, email?
The answer is yes in most cases! This may sound scary at first, but there are ways to reduce the worry. The better you understand your surroundings and the better prepared you are, the less you have to worry about the hazards around you. 

Places to find more information:
For all and any emergency you need to have a plan. Have 3-5 days of medicine, food and water you your household. Teach your family how to find each other. Have a go kit ready in case you have to leave at a moment's notice. Protect important documents from a potential loss of your home.

1970 pictures
Junction Ck Road washout


Animas Valley flooding


Monday, September 8, 2014

the NWS has placed #LaPlataCo under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for today through Tuesday Evening

The incoming storm system has a large amount of moisture in it. We are out of the main path but will likely see significant rainfall across the region.

 

WGUS65 KGJT 081111

FFAGJT

 

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO

511 AM MDT MON SEP 8 2014

 

COZ002-004-005-008-010-012>014-019-021-022-081915-

/O.EXA.KGJT.FF.A.0011.140908T1500Z-140910T0600Z/

/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS- UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN- GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS- WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS- UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CRAIG...HAYDEN...MEEKER...COLUMBINE...

TOPONAS...STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND VICINITY...GLENWOOD SPRINGS...

EAGLE...CARBONDALE...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...CRESTED BUTTE...

TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...GUNNISON...

CIMARRON...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...

MANCOS...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO

511 AM MDT MON SEP 8 2014

 

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM MDT THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS EXPANDED THE

 

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF CENTRAL COLORADO...

  NORTHWEST COLORADO...SOUTHWEST COLORADO AND WEST CENTRAL

  COLORADO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...

 

  IN CENTRAL COLORADO...

 

  CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN AND FLATTOPS.

 

  IN NORTHWEST COLORADO...

 

  CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN...

  ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS AND

  UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN.

 

  IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO...

 

  ANIMAS RIVER BASIN...

  FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER AND

  SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS.

 

  IN WEST CENTRAL COLORADO...

 

  GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS...

  UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY AND

  WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS.

 

* FROM 9 AM MDT THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

 

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY AND

  COVERAGE TODAY...BECOMING WIDESPREAD TONIGHT AND TUESDAY.

  LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED WHICH MAY RESULT IN FLASH

  FLOODING. RAINFALL RATES MAY EXCEED ONE INCH PER HOUR UNDER

  THE STRONGEST THUNDERSTORMS.

 

* THIS PROLONGED PERIOD OF RAINFALL MAY CAUSE SOME ROCK SLIDES

  OR DEBRIS FLOWS NEAR STEEP TERRAIN. LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING

  MAY OCCUR NEAR WILDFIRE BURN SCARS...SLOT CANYONS...SLICK ROCK

  AREAS...NORMALLY DRY CREEKS...STREAMS AND ARROYOS. HEAVY RAIN

  COULD CAUSE A SUDDEN INCREASE IN WATER FLOWS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

 

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

&&

 

www.weather.gov/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time to think about next year

While the days grow wetter and cooler it is a perfect time to prepare for wildfire.

 

We were VERY LUCKY again this year that we didn’t have fires get out of control. Much thanks goes to the first responders who stamped out fires while they were small. Thanks also that we didn’t have much lightning during the highest fire danger. We got lucky for the second year in a row. Most areas of La Plata County have received some good wetting rains over the last few weeks and fire danger has been reduced for the moment. We aren’t out of the woods yet. This area often sees a drying period in the fall between the end of monsoons and when the snow makes it to the mid and lower elevations where we live.

 

Look at your yard and landscape from the perspective of a wildfire: radiant heat, direct heat, blowing embers, creeping ground fires. Think of what it will take for your house to survive a fire without someone there to defend it. Do some of the work now to prepare for the next fire season.

 

You need to do as much as you can to protect your home from wildfire because when the day comes that the fire is in your neighborhood, the responders have to choose what to do for the greater good. That may not include saving every house along the way. The longer your home can stand on its own, the better chance it has.

 

Need some advice, check out http://www.ready.gov/wildfires

Monday, August 18, 2014

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT issued by NWS for western slope for potential HEAVY RAIN Tuesday

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
340 PM MDT MON AUG 18 2014

COZ001>014-017>023-UTZ022>025-027>029-190945-
LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN- ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS- UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR- CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS- GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS- CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN- WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS- UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE- NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER- FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN- SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS- EASTERN UINTA BASIN-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT- LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...HAYDEN...
MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND VICINITY...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...
PALISADE...RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...GLENWOOD SPRINGS...
EAGLE...CARBONDALE...SKYWAY...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...
CEDAREDGE...DELTA...HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...CRESTED BUTTE...
TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...GUNNISON...
CIMARRON...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...
SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...CORTEZ...
DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...
PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...
MANILA...DUTCH JOHN...VERNAL...JENSEN...BALLARD...FORT DUCHESNE...
RANDLETT...MOAB...CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS...
MONTICELLO AND VICINITY
340 PM MDT MON AUG 18 2014

..HEAVY RAIN TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...

SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WILL RETURN TO EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO TUESDAY. RAIN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE TOMORROW AFTERNOON... WITH THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL POTENTIAL OVER EASTERN UTAH AND EXTREME WESTERN COLORADO LATE IN THE DAY TUESDAY.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM SOME THUNDERSTORMS COULD EXCEED ONE INCH.
THIS COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING...ROCK SLIDES...AND DEBRIS FLOWS. SLOT CANYONS...ARROYOS...AND WILDFIRE BURN SCAR AREAS WILL BE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO FLASH FLOODING.

STAY INFORMED ON THIS SITUATION AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT. PLEASE REPORT ANY HEAVY RAIN...FLOODING...OR SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION OR TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE.


$$

www.weather.gov/

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is the difference between a Warning, Watch and Advisory?

The National Weather Service issues these hazard statements all the time and you should know what they mean. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues these statements based on the level of hazard or the severity of the weather. Here are the levels of hazardous weather statements the NWS may issue:

WARNING

A Warning issued be the weather service is the highest level of threat. Generally there is a life threatening situation occurring or about to occur. The NWS may also issue freeze and hard freeze warnings in the growing season that could be very damaging to crops. 

WATCH 

A Watch issued by the NWS means that conditions are right or will likely develop that could have dangerous or damaging effects. These are issued in storms that may not reach Warning criteria but will still pose danger to life and property. They are also issued when there is a developing weather system or where the dangers will be isolated in nature. 

ADVISORY

Advisories are issued by the NWS for weather that will likely have effects to people or property but will likely not be life threatening. 

Here is the NWS page explaining it all http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/?n=wwadef 

What does this all mean to you? 

Any of the conditions where the NWS issues a hazard statement should be watched closely and not taken lightly. As we know, conditions vary across our region and what happens in one area may not happen in another. What level of threat it is to you as an individual may be different. For instance, if a flash flood watch is issued and you live at the bottom of a drainage, the threat is higher to you than someone who lives on top of the drainage. Many of the rescue missions La Plata County has performed in the back country had a similar cause: weather

  • Know your surroundings
  • Defend your home against weather impacts
  • Have a survival kit at your home, your office and in your car
  • Get to know your neighbor
  • Make a plan with your family - Remember that if we loose power for an extended period we may loose land lines, cell phones and internet.