Dust storms hasten snowmelt

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Dust storms hasten snowmelt

Rapid runoff bad news for many
What snow that remains on the La Plata Mountains has been partially covered with dust from the recent storms, and that will cause the snow to melt faster.
A dry Junction Creek near Main Avenue on Friday, normally should have some water this time of year. The creek’s below-average flow is consistent with the state’s limited snowpack.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald

A dry Junction Creek near Main Avenue on Friday, normally will have a strong flow this time of year.
Matt Wilson, left, and Bryce Whalen take part in a swiftwater rescue course put on by Rapid Action Rescue on Saturday morning at Santa Rita Park. Chris Landry, director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, says he expects recent dust storms to spike the pace of the runoff once warm weather arrives.
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The Animas River was flowing at 225 cubic feet per second early Friday.
No one knows what the peak flow will be this year.
But U.S. Geological Survey records show that peak flow in cubic feet per second in Durango for 2008 to 2012 were,

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Dust storms hasten snowmelt

What snow that remains on the La Plata Mountains has been partially covered with dust from the recent storms, and that will cause the snow to melt faster.
A dry Junction Creek near Main Avenue on Friday, normally should have some water this time of year. The creek’s below-average flow is consistent with the state’s limited snowpack.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald

A dry Junction Creek near Main Avenue on Friday, normally will have a strong flow this time of year.
Matt Wilson, left, and Bryce Whalen take part in a swiftwater rescue course put on by Rapid Action Rescue on Saturday morning at Santa Rita Park. Chris Landry, director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, says he expects recent dust storms to spike the pace of the runoff once warm weather arrives.
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