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S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 02/06/04

o Snow sensors measure water content by weighing a column of snow using snow pillows, or using a new technology based on adsorption of cosmic gamma particles that constantly bombard the Earth. These automated sensors supplement the manual collection of snow data at snow courses throughout the Sierra.

o Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. More.

o Be a competent swimmer. Wear a life jacket. Wear a solid, correctly-fitted helmet. Do not boat out of control. Whitewater rivers contain many hazards which are not always easily recognized... More: American Whitewater Safety Code.

o Conditions on the river can change rapidly, particularly after periods of rain or snowmelt. Before setting out, a paddler should know the flow condition of the reach they are about to paddle. During high flows, the whole river reach may act like one long set of rapids. During high flows, the fast current may draw the unsuspecting paddler into other hazards. These include entrapment in floating debris such as logs or ice, or sweepers and strainers. More.

Splashes: USACK - Jackson Kayak - River Quotes - Scottish Whitewater - Water Art

River Notes for Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

Strong Pacific system bearing down on California, with computer models and other guidance consistent in forecasting a very wet, windy and potentially dangerous storm moving into the area Wednesday. Very heavy snow is expected in the Southern Sierra above about 5000 to 6000 ft.

More than 5 inches of precipitation is forecast by the HPC for the 3 day period beginning tomorrow afternoon over a large area of the Sierra. The 18z ETA forecasts about 3 inches (water equivalent) for the northern Kern River basin for the storm, and this could be understated. A favorably positioned jet max, ample moisture, strong inflow, system dynamics, and orographic enhancement should combine to create a huge amount of snow. We'll see!

02/26/2004 7:00 A.M. Snow continuing in Sierra this morning. Preliminary 24 hr. precipitation (inches water equivalent): Upper Tyndall Creek 2.9, Crabtree Meadow 2.2, Pascoes 2.5, Tunnel Guard Station 2.9, Casa Vieja 2.6, Johnsondale 1.6, Kernville 1.3.

02/27/2004 7:00 A.M. California Cooperative Snow Surveys Daily Report of Snow Water Equivalents lists Sierra SOUTH section at 107%, CENTRAL at 111%, and NORTH at 138%. Snow sensors at Pascoes and Beach Meadows are reporting SWEs in excess of 120% of the normal April 1 total. The last time the SOUTH section was over 100% of normal on this date was 1998.

New for 2004! Liquidlogic has come up with what we feel are the best river running boats since the RPM The Hoss and Lil' Joe offer great river running predictability, simple & elegant outfitting, and a playful, roomy hull. It keeps you smiling in the same comfort you have come to love in your "old school" boat. Features include, great looking very stiff plastic rotomolding, adjustable bulkhead, a nice fitting ratcheted backband, four bucket hand holds on the deck for rescue, and easy adjustable thighbraces. This boat will quickly become a favorite on our local river.

New in '04 from Dagger are the all-around freestyle/downriver boat, the Juice, and the new creek boat, the Nomad. The Juice 6.9 and Juice 7.1 are the best outfitted boats Dagger has ever produced. Some of the features include the Vector/Rebound Seat Pad -- the best in the industry; Easy 2" adjustable thigh braces; Flipswitch Backband for an easy in/easy out fit; 6-Way air adjustable hip pads, and a D-Bone hull stiffener. This boat should become a new classic. Dagger has always been known for making great creek boats (think Freefall, Gradient, & CFS). Now, the Nomad (8.1 & 8.5) sits nicely as king of the mountain. Team D has added a bit of length for better speed and handling in big water. This boat is still short and quick enough for the craziest of creek runs.

Few paddlers would argue that Eric Jackson is one of the most accomplished freestyle paddlers and boat designers on the planet. His hull designs are legend, integrating performance into a friendly-to-paddle boat. Now EJ is not only paddling and designing boats, but manufacturing them! Been looking for a fun to paddle boat that tears up waves and holes, can go vertical or get air, is very lightweight, has foot and leg room... and has no leaky mounting holes drilled in the hull? We are now accepting deposits for boats in the Fun Series. Please call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more info.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
24FEB2004 1500 -- -- 5.01 358 348 16 332 154448 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

 


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 02/06/04

o Snow sensors measure water content by weighing a column of snow using snow pillows, or using a new technology based on adsorption of cosmic gamma particles that constantly bombard the Earth. These automated sensors supplement the manual collection of snow data at snow courses throughout the Sierra.

o Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. More.

o Be a competent swimmer. Wear a life jacket. Wear a solid, correctly-fitted helmet. Do not boat out of control. Whitewater rivers contain many hazards which are not always easily recognized... More: American Whitewater Safety Code.

o Conditions on the river can change rapidly, particularly after periods of rain or snowmelt. Before setting out, a paddler should know the flow condition of the reach they are about to paddle. During high flows, the whole river reach may act like one long set of rapids. During high flows, the fast current may draw the unsuspecting paddler into other hazards. These include entrapment in floating debris such as logs or ice, or sweepers and strainers. More.

Splashes: USACK - Jackson Kayak - River Quotes - Scottish Whitewater - Water Art

River Notes for Monday, February 16, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

Long, energetic fetch of Pacific moisture looks very impressive on satellite pics. The system is tapping moisture as far south as 15 degrees N. Moist, warm air ahead of system is already raising snow levels and producing some rain from about Fresno, north. A developing wave in the Southern half of system is forecast to produce heavy rain and snow in Northern California.

Just how the systems evolves could dramatically affect the amount of snowfall in the Central and Southern Sierra. The 12z and 18z ETA forecasts generate about 0.75" to 1.25" of precipitation in the northern reaches of the Kern River basin, with most of this expected Wednesday. The extended forecast for the next two weeks looks promising, with generally unsettled weather and various opportunities for additional snow. We'll see!

02/20/2004 7:00 A.M. Updated Kern River precip for Tue-Thur storm (inches water equivalent): Upper Tyndall Creek 0.8, Crabtree Meadow 0.54, Pascoes 1.7, Tunnel Guard Station 1.0, Casa Vieja 1.9, Johnsondale 1.1, Kernville 0.55. Mixed rain and snow up to 10,000 ft. early in storm increased flow on Upper Kern to about 400 cfs. Periods of snow forecast over next several days.

New for 2004! Liquidlogic has come up with what we feel are the best river running boats since the RPM The Hoss and Lil' Joe offer great river running predictability, simple & elegant outfitting, and a playful, roomy hull. It keeps you smiling in the same comfort you have come to love in your "old school" boat. Features include, great looking very stiff plastic rotomolding, adjustable bulkhead, a nice fitting ratcheted backband, four bucket hand holds on the deck for rescue, and easy adjustable thighbraces. This boat will quickly become a favorite on our local river.

New in '04 from Dagger are the all-around freestyle/downriver boat, the Juice, and the new creek boat, the Nomad. The Juice 6.9 and Juice 7.1 are the best outfitted boats Dagger has ever produced. Some of the features include the Vector/Rebound Seat Pad -- the best in the industry; Easy 2" adjustable thigh braces; Flipswitch Backband for an easy in/easy out fit; 6-Way air adjustable hip pads, and a D-Bone hull stiffener. This boat should become a new classic. Dagger has always been known for making great creek boats (think Freefall, Gradient, & CFS). Now, the Nomad (8.1 & 8.5) sits nicely as king of the mountain. Team D has added a bit of length for better speed and handling in big water. This boat is still short and quick enough for the craziest of creek runs.

Few paddlers would argue that Eric Jackson is one of the most accomplished freestyle paddlers and boat designers on the planet. His hull designs are legend, integrating performance into a friendly-to-paddle boat. Now EJ is not only paddling and designing boats, but manufacturing them! Been looking for a fun to paddle boat that tears up waves and holes, can go vertical or get air, is very lightweight, has foot and leg room... and has no leaky mounting holes drilled in the hull? We are now accepting deposits for boats in the Fun Series. Please call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more info.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
16FEB2004 1300 -- -- 4.75 275 270 17 253 153214 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 02/06/04

o Snow sensors measure water content by weighing a column of snow using snow pillows, or using a new technology based on adsorption of cosmic gamma particles that constantly bombard the Earth. These automated sensors supplement the manual collection of snow data at snow courses throughout the Sierra.

o Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is a common snowpack measurement. It is the amount of water contained within the snowpack. It can be thought of as the depth of water that would theoretically result if you melted the entire snowpack instaneously. More.

o Be a competent swimmer. Wear a life jacket. Wear a solid, correctly-fitted helmet. Do not boat out of control. Whitewater rivers contain many hazards which are not always easily recognized... More: American Whitewater Safety Code.

o Conditions on the river can change rapidly, particularly after periods of rain or snowmelt. Before setting out, a paddler should know the flow condition of the reach they are about to paddle. During high flows, the whole river reach may act like one long set of rapids. During high flows, the fast current may draw the unsuspecting paddler into other hazards. These include entrapment in floating debris such as logs or ice, or sweepers and strainers. More.

Splashes: USACK - Jackson Kayak - River Quotes - Scottish Whitewater - Water Art

River Notes for Friday, February 6, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

Snow Course measurements for February 1 have been completed. California Cooperative Snow Surveys reports the Kern River basin snow courses at 102% of normal for the date. This corresponds to about 62% of the normal April 1 snowpack.

Snowfall so far this season in the Kern River basin has been remarkably similar to that in 2002 and 2003, with well above average totals at the beginning of January, followed by an extended period of (generally) dry weather. If current medium and long range forecasts, such as this Precipitation Outlook, are any indication, this dry pattern could persist well into February.

When's the last time you used your throw rope for something other than hanging up your boating clothes to dry? True story: Boater A misses boof and gets stuck in a nasty hole. After a time Boater A swims and is being repeatedly recirculated in the hole. Boater B paddles to the shore, grabs his throw bag, and works his way down to the hole. He yells at his buddy, grabs one of the ends of the throw rope and throws the bag. The end of the rope rips from his hand and the unattached bag disappears in the froth of the hole! This year, our annual Boater's Rescue Course is May 1 - 2. Learn and practice the rescue techniques that can make the difference. (Boater A recirulated several more times after seeing his friend lose the throw bag in the hole. Deciding his friend was not going to be able to help, he tried crawling along the stream bottom and escaped the hole.)

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
06FEB2004 1200 -- -- 4.78 278 251 17 234 152153 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

Store: 760-376-3745  Mail Order: 800-376-7303  Reservations: 800-457-2082

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