Saturday, June 30, 2012

June river flow recap

June is always a great month on The Salmon River and its tributaries.  June's the time when most all the snow comes off the watershed.  The river can surge to sudden highs and fall toward tepid lows, all in the space of a mere 30 days.  This year was no exception as everything cut loose during the first week of June, bringing about two steep peaks on June 5-6.  After the inevitable retreat from those high flow marks, the river has put together a couple of weak rallies and ends the month on its June low flow mark.

As you will note in the article below, the Climate Prediction Center says above normal temps and below normal rainfall are likely over the next three months. The Salmon River typically begins its normal seasonal decline near the end of June as it drops down to a low baseflow during the peak of chinook salmon spawning season.

In the near future, we will research past similar years' historical data and do an article on what we might expect out of the river this year.  In the meantime, here are the June 1-30 hydrographs for the two primary flow monitoring points on The Salmon River between Stanley and North Fork.

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