Saturday, October 4, 2014

Streamflow Outlook

If you are a regular reader you have heard me say many times that the more water in the North Fork of the Snake River, the more water we have available for snowmaking. We do have some very strict requirements to keep the streamflow at a level high enough to prevent harming aquatic life.

Yesterday the stream gauge for the Snake River, about half a dozen miles downstream from The Basin was reading 38 cfs (cubic feet per second). The mean streamflow for October 3, based on 66 years of data, is 31 cfs. So, yesterday's flow was about 23% above normal for the date. Additionally, these early season storms are really good at keeping flows up. The typical October pattern is snow for a few days, the sun pops out for a few days, melts the snow and brings the flow up.

That said, the streamflow is above normal and we are expecting a good snowmaking season.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Confirming once again, that a weak stream is good for no one! Keep the snow flying!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the detailed update and pics. Looks good for snow making once this pesky high pressure leaves.

Anonymous said...

I bet I'm not the only one whose never seen this stream. I really need to make it up to the basin during the summertime.

Anonymous said...

Al, if you need it, I can carry a couple of pails of water with me when I come up to ski.

Golden Browns said...

Build that base Alan! We love the late season weekends

Anonymous said...

I've noticed some trenching and laying of a pipe of some sort in the base area the last week on the webcams. Is that for electrical? air/water line?

Based on the work trucks on the mountain is this an upgrade or repair of some sort to an electrical line?

Wordprefect said...

Hey Al, if you want to know how we do what we do, maybe we could arrange a trade, hydrographer for a day for ski patroller for a day?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

I'd love to see the work of a hydrographer. Come on up.

Wordprefect said...

Cool, what's the best way to get in touch with you?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

email - alanh@a-basin.net