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Senator Beck Basin


Primary Sentry Site for the CODOS Program
Elevation
: 11,060' (Swamp Angel)
Latitude: 37°54'25.30"N
Longitude: 107°42'40.23"W
Slope: 3°    Aspect: NE
Adjoining Watersheds: Uncompahgre, Animas, San Miguel, Dolores
Associated Snotels: Red Mountain Pass, Lizard Head Pass

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Senator Beck Basin


Primary Sentry Site for the CODOS Program
Elevation
: 11,060' (Swamp Angel)
Latitude: 37°54'25.30"N
Longitude: 107°42'40.23"W
Slope: 3°    Aspect: NE
Adjoining Watersheds: Uncompahgre, Animas, San Miguel, Dolores
Associated Snotels: Red Mountain Pass, Lizard Head Pass

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Dust Enhanced Runoff Classification


Dust Enhanced Runoff Classification


CODOS has now observed eleven seasons of dust-enhanced snowmelt runoff behavior throughout the Colorado mountains (WY 2006-2016).  Hydrographs at headwater stream gauges have been evaluated and classified within the framework of this dust enhanced snowmelt runoff space utilizing a 3 x 3 x 3 cell matrix corresponding to general characterizations of SWE, dust intensity, and spring weather, as shown in this figure.

 

A conceptual dust enhanced snowmelt runoff model integrating the interactions of March 1 SWE, dust intensity, and spring precipitation.

 

Water Years 2006-2016 have been analyzed and classified for the following stream gauges associated with the Senator Beck Basin CODOS site:

For a detailed discussion of this approach, see the state-wide Dust Enhanced Runoff Classification section

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March, April, May Precipitation


March, April, May Precipitation


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SWE Plots


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

SWE Plots


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

 

For each Snotel site below, the first nine plots show a single Water Year's SWE relative to the site's historical record (1971 - current). The last two plots compare SWE and Dust on Snow events for two consecutive years. The shaded bands represent non-exceedence percentiles in the following order (from the bottom up):

  • Minimum - 10th percentile (dark gray)
  • 10th - 30th percentiles  (medium gray)
  • 30th - 70th percentiles  (light gray) with 50% trace in the middle
  • 70th - 90th percentiles  (medium gray)
  • 90th - maximum (dark gray)

For a more detailed explanation, see http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/spi/explanation.html



 
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Snowmelt Rates


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

Snowmelt Rates


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

[1] Adding column F to column C and dividing by column D, to account for extra snow deposited after peak SWE.


[1] Adding column F to column C and dividing by column D, to account for extra snow deposited after peak SWE.

Analyses of Red Mountain Pass and Lizard Head Pass Snotel data for Water Years 2006-2016 snowmelt seasons showing date and quantity of peak SWE, days from peak SWE to “snow all gone” (SAG), total additional precipitation after the date of peak SWE, an “adjusted” mean daily rate of snowmelt adding the additional precipitation to the peak SWE total, the maximum five-day moving average of daily melt, and the mean air temperature over the entire snowmelt period, from peak SWE to SAG. POR refers to each snotel's entire period of record.

Our Snowmelt Excel Workbooks for Red Mountain Pass and Lizard Head Pass snotels contain spreadsheets for each year, including a summary aggregating all years. See our Snotel Dataset page for downloadable Excel files for each CODOS site, and an "All CODOS Sites Aggregated" Excel workbook containing spreadsheets for Water Years 2006-2016 and a summary of all years combined.

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Hydrographs


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

Hydrographs


for Senator Beck Basin at Red Mountain Pass

 

Above: Spring snowpack albedo at the Senator Beck Study Area plotted over Senator Beck Basin snowmelt discharge.




 
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Snow Profiles


for Senator Beck Basin
Swamp Angel Study Plot (SASP) &
Senator Beck Study Plot (SBSP)

Snow Profiles


for Senator Beck Basin
Swamp Angel Study Plot (SASP) &
Senator Beck Study Plot (SBSP)

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Photo Gallery


for Senator Beck Basin

Photo Gallery


for Senator Beck Basin

Dust-on-snow fieldwork photos available for publication. Please send requests for additional photos or for captions to jderry@snowstudies.org. All Photos © Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Click each photo for a larger version and for captions. Mouse over the large images to display captions, including the date of the photo.