Saturday, August 16, 2008

Start building that Ark

As a pleasant alternative to the scorching summer temperatures we've had in the last 30 days, Longmont is in day two of a steady, sometimes-heavy rain, which is threatening to hang around at least another day.

Left Hand Creek near Kanemoto park is roaring:

And a snapshot of the the "mighty" St. Vrain flow from around 11 AM, from the USGS real-time monitor:

A good explanation of the "Cubic Foot Per Second" metric is here. So, the near-600 CFS in the graph indicates about 600*7.5 = 4500 gallons per second at this monitoring point, if I read this correctly.

Provisional data from a different source (Colorado Division of Water Resources) and monitoring point shows a different story:

The USGS data above is from downstream Longmont. Perhaps the DWR source is upstream somewhere?

It's already a lot greener from the traditional summer brown:

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