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fishinwithdad
05-13-2011, 09:41 AM
The article below says that McConaughy outflows will be increasing next week. There is a lot of water coming, and the residents in North Platte will take the brunt of the efforts to make room.
http://www.nptelegraph.com/articles/2011/05/13/news/40001855.txt


Here is a map showing snowpack levels in Wyoming. There is crazy amounts of snow that have yet to even start melting en masse.
http://www.wrds.uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/snowmap/snowmap.html

Colorado snowpack, also way above normal:
ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/CO/Snow/snow/watershed/daily/co_update_snow.pdf


My Dad lives out by Ogallala, and told me that Pathfinder Reservoir in Wyoming is about to start going over the spillway already, with only minimal mountain snowmelt thus far (not to mention they got another 1-2' of snow on Wednesday).
http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_patr.pl



McConaughy has been going up by almost a foot a week lately, but not as fast as last year... when it rose 15 feet in two months! The waiver maximum capacity is 3267' (2 feet above normal maximum)... they could hit that level before the 4th of July at the rate its going!

Inflow/Outflow and Elevation levels:
http://www.cnppid.com/Elevation_Flows2.htm

http://www.cnppid.com/Assets/McConaughy_One-Year.jpg






This all just amazes me!! :wscared:

Fishingnerd33
05-13-2011, 10:46 AM
Incredible, amazing how it's gone from drought to this in just a few short years.

Zach T.
05-13-2011, 10:59 AM
My mom sent me some pictures last night of the river in Scottsbluff. It really is impressive how we went from almost no water for a decade to now having more than we know what to do with.

Edit to add: Yeah, what nerd said! I had to leave my desk for 20 minutes and left the reply window open. I typed my reply and hit submit. Come to find out, Nerd and I had the same idea!

AnglerX
05-13-2011, 11:10 AM
I liked it better when it was down 50 feet a lot more areas to wade...:vWicked:

Doug Steinke
05-13-2011, 11:35 AM
McConaughy has been going up by almost a foot a week lately, but not as fast as last year... when it rose 15 feet in two months! The waiver maximum capacity is 3267' (2 feet above normal maximum)... they could hit that level before the 4th of July at the rate its going!:

It can't this year because there is no more room. It would go up faster this year if they did. If you have a duckblind/goose pit on the Platte ... it may be wise to get everything out of it in the next couple of weeks ... or move it.

jasper
05-13-2011, 11:44 AM
Not making light of the situation fo those who stand to lose a lot by the rivers going up, but barring anyone getting hurt I always find it odd how as soon as a dam goes up and the natural flood plain of a river is drawn down it seems that everyone and their borther starts moving in to the old plain. Then another dam goes up and draws it in even more and then more people move in. Now when mother nature shows her ugly side and the **** can't hold anymore and they have to release water there is no more room for the water to go without taking out houses and other buildings. I don't like seeing the devistation, but I wish people wouldn't think that can alter mother nature so much because as she so often prooves you can't do it for long before she gets her way. It's sorta like them building a city under sea level on a sinking river delta (New Orleans) dumb idea and building houses on barrier islands on the coast. It never ends.

Fishingnerd33
05-13-2011, 11:50 AM
That's a very good point, jasper. People get used to the dry seasons and then when we have a couple wetter years in a row they're in trouble. We, as people, control very little when it goes to push from shove with nature.

Hope everyone stays safe and gets their stuff out of the way in time.

Doug Steinke
05-13-2011, 11:55 AM
Agree. There are a lot of stuctures built along the river from Mac to North Platte. Some understand they are going to get flooded or loose them every few years ... some never think they will and there is someone to blame when it does. If Mac wasn't there you could see nearly twice the flows.

jasper
05-13-2011, 12:19 PM
Probably gonna be a lot of mountain lions washed down the streams. HAHA