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River Notes for Friday, November 22, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

The latest round of Long Range Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks was issued by the Climate Prediction Center yesterday. The precipitation outlook for January to March shows an increased likelihood of above average precipitation in Southern California, compared to earlier forecasts.

Yesterday the Kernville RAWS recorded a high of 82 degrees, and the high so far today has been a pleasant 73. Over the next few days our unseasonably warm weather should give way to more holiday like temps with windy conditions and a chance of showers or snow showers.

This afternoon the Upper Kern is running about 400 cfs and the Lower at Borel is at about 370 cfs. If you didn't hear about the high water on the Kern earlier this month, here's a photo of Ewings at about 17,000 cfs, and Fender Bender at about 20,000 cfs.

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Remember to use extra caution on the River. Scout blind drops diligently. Don't assume last season's lines to be open and clear. As a result of the flood, logs or log jams may be present just about anywhere. Sediment may have changed rapids. Large boulders may have shifted, new rapids may have resulted from landslides or debris flows. Even if you did the run the day before, don't assume the line will be clean.

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.)

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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)
22NOV2002 1300 -- -- 5.06 399 369 18 351 133620 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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.

River Notes for Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Skies are blue and the N.F. Kern River is back in its banks and running about 1000 cfs this morning. We're just starting to take a good look at the River and see what changes there may have been. Although the peak flow of this event was less than the 1997 flood, this time the River carried a much higher sediment load, and this could have changed the dynamics of the flood and its impact on the River. Here's a photo of Ewings at about 17,000 cfs, and Fender Bender at about 20,000 cfs.

When skies finally cleared the RAWS station at Johnsondale had recorded 16.7 inches of rain, and the Pascoes snow sensor at 9150 ft. in the Kern basin has recorded 13.9 inches of rain and 1.8 inches (water equivalent) of snow. Above 10,000 ft. there was heavy snow. The following amounts are in inches water equivalent. To estimate the amount of snow, multiply by 10. Upper Tyndall Creek recorded 4.6 inches; Crabtree Meadow 5.3 inches; and Chagoopa Plateau 7.8 inches.

Members of the International Canoe Federation's Wildwater Committee were in Kernville during the flood to tour the River, and discuss preparations for the Kern River 2003 Wildwater World Cups. Today's RiverPhoto of the ICF Wildwater Committee members was taken on the McNally Bridge, near Fairview. From left to right: Francois Beauchard (France), David Mason (USA), Terry Valle (Kern Valley River Council), Mike Tordhoff (Great Britain), Jens Perlwitz (Germany), Vittorio Cirini (Committee Chair - Italy). Sierra South co-owner Tom Moore took the picture and Cannell Meadow District Ranger Judy Schutza, also on the tour, must have been checking the bridge for flood damage.

Remember to use extra caution on the River. Scout blind drops diligently. Don't assume last season's lines to be open and clear. Logs or log jams may be present just about anywhere. Sediment may have changed rapids. Large boulders may have shifted, new rapids may have resulted from landslides or debris flows. Even if you did the run the day before, don't assume the line will be clean.

Find the kayak you've been looking for on-line in our Used Boat Barn and New Boat Barn. It's probably on sale! We can ship anywhere in the US. If you need help in deciding which boat is right for you, email or call and we will be happy to offer our opinions... We have paddled all of them!

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.)

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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)
12NOV2002 1000 -- -- 6.18 1005 525 26 499 128173 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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.

River Notes for Saturday, November 9, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

The N.F. Kern River, still foamy and black from the ashes of the 150,000 acre McNally Fire, and driven by rainfall that exceeded 14 inches at some points, peaked at Kernville at a (preliminary) flow of 26,500 cfs about 7:00 to 8:00 pm last night. The river then receded to about 13,000 cfs at 2:00 am this morning and then starting rising again.This morning at 8:00 am it reached 16095 cfs, and at 9:00 am stands at 15,156 cfs.

Storm totals have been impressive. As of about 7:00 am the RAWS station at Johnsondale has recorded 16.4 inches of rain, and the Pascoes snow sensor at 9150 ft. in the Kern basin has recorded 12.3 inches of rain and 1.7 inches (water equivalent) of snow. Above 10,000 ft. there has been heavy snow. The following amounts are in inches water equivalent. To estimate the amount of snow, multiply by 10. Upper Tyndall Creek recorded 4.6 inches; Crabtree Meadow 5.2 inches; and Chagoopa Plateau 7.2 inches. Another impulse is forecast to move through this afternoon and evening, but current QPF forecasts are for only about 0.5 inch additional precipitation. After that the weather begins to improve and next week the weather in the Southern Sierra should be back to normal with partly cloudy to clear skies and moderate temperatures.

Please remember to use extra caution on the River. Scout blind drops diligently. Don't assume last season's lines to be open and clear. There are a lot of logs and other debris in the River. Large boulders may have shifted, new rapids may have resulted from landslides or debris flows. Even if you did the run the day before, don't assume the line will be clean.

Find the kayak you've been looking for on-line in our Used Boat Barn and New Boat Barn. It's probably on sale! We can ship anywhere in the US. If you need help in deciding which boat is right for you, email or call and we will be happy to offer our opinions... We have paddled all of them!

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)
09NOV2002 0900 -- -- 11.67 15156 169 169 0 108239 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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

o Forests Show Resilience as Fires Pass. Despite grim evaluations during summer, officials say large swaths only lightly burned... In Sequoia National Forest, where a fire burned for six weeks and threatened some of the most majestic trees on Earth, only about 8% of the 150,000 acres that burned was severely damaged, according to an analysis by the U.S. Forest Service. More: L.A. Times Online.

o On the weekend of September 21, 2002, adult chinook and coho salmon began dying by the thousands as they returned to the Klamath River and encountered dramatically low river flows and poor water quality, including high water temperatures well above the tolerance levels of these cold-water fish. Threatened adult coho salmon migrate up the Klamath River from mid-September through early November to spawn, with peak migration coming in early October.. More: American Rivers

o Boxer Introduces Bill to Protect California's Wild Rivers. The bill will significantly expand the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System and the National Wilderness Preservation System on federally managed public lands in California. S. 2535 is the largest river protection and the third largest wilderness bill in California history. More: American Whitewater

o Science Academy endorses prescription to cure the Corps. As Congress considers reforms to address the scandal-plagued planning process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Rivers hailed a National Academy of Sciences finding today that the agency's studies of costly and controversial projects "should be subjected to independent review by objective, expert panels." More: American Rivers

Splashes: Wing Paddle Basics - Loop Pic - Severn Bore - Kayak Fishing Records - Forecast ENSO Conditions

River Notes for Friday, November 8, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

The N.F. Kern River, laden with the ashes of the 150,000 acre McNally Fire, is running high and black this morning. Sierra South co-owner Tom Moore and River Ranger Brian Cosgrove estimated the flow at Riverside Park to be over 7000 cfs at 9:00 am.

Storm totals have been impressive. As of 1:30 pm the RAWS station at Johnsondale has recorded 9.8 inches of rain, and the Pascoes snow sensor at 9150 ft. in the Kern basin has recorded 8.1 inches of rain and 2.0 inches (water equivalent) of snow.

Sensor data suggests the current snow level in the Kern Basin is about 10,000 ft. The CNRFC forecasts the snow level to drop to about 8000 ft. by tomorrow morning. The HPC 48 hour quantitative precipitation forecast issued this morning suggests as much as 7 or 8 inches of precipitation could occur in the Southern Sierra between this morning and Sunday morning.

If sustained heavy rains of the magnitude forecast do continue, the Upper Kern River may experience very high flows. Considering the extent of the McNally burn area, the river could rise unusually fast, and abnormal erosion, damming, debris flows or other slope failures could result from the intense and accelerated run-off.

We will keep a watchful eye on the River and Brush Creek. Logs and other debris are washing down the drainage. Please remember this coming year to use extra caution and scout blind drops diligently. Don't assume last season's lines to be open and clear. Even if you did the run the day before, don't assume the line will be clean.

Find the kayak you've been looking for on-line in our Used Boat Barn and New Boat Barn. It's probably on sale! We can ship anywhere in the US. If you need help in deciding which boat is right for you, email or call and we will be happy to offer our opinions... We have paddled all of them!

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)
08NOV2002 1000 -- -- 9.27 4200 261 126 135 83513 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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

o Forests Show Resilience as Fires Pass. Despite grim evaluations during summer, officials say large swaths only lightly burned... In Sequoia National Forest, where a fire burned for six weeks and threatened some of the most majestic trees on Earth, only about 8% of the 150,000 acres that burned was severely damaged, according to an analysis by the U.S. Forest Service. More: L.A. Times Online.

o On the weekend of September 21, 2002, adult chinook and coho salmon began dying by the thousands as they returned to the Klamath River and encountered dramatically low river flows and poor water quality, including high water temperatures well above the tolerance levels of these cold-water fish. Threatened adult coho salmon migrate up the Klamath River from mid-September through early November to spawn, with peak migration coming in early October.. More: American Rivers

o Boxer Introduces Bill to Protect California's Wild Rivers. The bill will significantly expand the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System and the National Wilderness Preservation System on federally managed public lands in California. S. 2535 is the largest river protection and the third largest wilderness bill in California history. More: American Whitewater

o Science Academy endorses prescription to cure the Corps. As Congress considers reforms to address the scandal-plagued planning process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Rivers hailed a National Academy of Sciences finding today that the agency's studies of costly and controversial projects "should be subjected to independent review by objective, expert panels." More: American Rivers

Splashes: Wing Paddle Basics - Loop Pic - Severn Bore - Kayak Fishing Records - Forecast ENSO Conditions

River Notes for Thursday, November 7, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Our first major Winter storm of this El Niņo influenced season is looking just as strong as it did yesterday. Maybe even stronger in the Southern Sierra. The HPC 72 hour quantitative precipitation forecast issued this morning shows over 7 inches of precipitation over much of the Sierra, with over 11 inches in one area near the Kings-Kern divide.

Snow levels are currently forecast to range from about 7000 ft. in the north, to about 9000 ft. in the south. If sustained heavy rains of the magnitude forecast do occur, burn areas of the Kern River basin could experience higher than normal run-off, with local flooding, erosion, and mud or debris flows. The Upper Kern may also rise significantly. Should snow levels be higher than expected, very high flows could result.

We will keep a watchful eye on Brush Creek regarding effects from the McNally fire. The potential for log jams and other debris washing down this drainage seems the highest to us. Some of the most severe burned areas occurred in the high drainage area of Brush Creek, above where most people put in near the heliport. Please remember this coming year to use extra caution on Brush Creek and scout blind drops diligently. Don't assume last season's lines to be open and clear. Even if you did the run the day before, don't assume the line will be clean.

We've cleaned out the Werner Paddle Rain Gauge and now we'll just wait and see!

Find the kayak you've been looking for on-line in our Used Boat Barn and New Boat Barn. It's probably on sale! We can ship anywhere in the US. If you need help in deciding which boat is right for you, email or call and we will be happy to offer our opinions... We have paddled all of them!

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)
07NOV2002 0800 -- -- 4.22 138 164 40 124 81934 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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

o Forests Show Resilience as Fires Pass. Despite grim evaluations during summer, officials say large swaths only lightly burned... In Sequoia National Forest, where a fire burned for six weeks and threatened some of the most majestic trees on Earth, only about 8% of the 150,000 acres that burned was severely damaged, according to an analysis by the U.S. Forest Service. More: L.A. Times Online.

o On the weekend of September 21, 2002, adult chinook and coho salmon began dying by the thousands as they returned to the Klamath River and encountered dramatically low river flows and poor water quality, including high water temperatures well above the tolerance levels of these cold-water fish. Threatened adult coho salmon migrate up the Klamath River from mid-September through early November to spawn, with peak migration coming in early October.. More: American Rivers

o Boxer Introduces Bill to Protect California's Wild Rivers. The bill will significantly expand the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System and the National Wilderness Preservation System on federally managed public lands in California. S. 2535 is the largest river protection and the third largest wilderness bill in California history. More: American Whitewater

o Science Academy endorses prescription to cure the Corps. As Congress considers reforms to address the scandal-plagued planning process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Rivers hailed a National Academy of Sciences finding today that the agency's studies of costly and controversial projects "should be subjected to independent review by objective, expert panels." More: American Rivers

Splashes: Wing Paddle Basics - Loop Pic - Severn Bore - Kayak Fishing Records - Forecast ENSO Conditions

River Notes for Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Based on temperature anomalies and other factors, the current El Niņo is classified as "moderate." If the system currently approaching the West Coast is any indication of storms to come, this Winter's El Niņo influenced weather may be anything but moderate.

If current model forecasts verify, Thursday evening into the weekend, several inches of rain will fall at lower elevations, with several feet of snow possible in the higher elevations of the Sierra. The HPC 72 hour quantitative precipitation forecast issued this morning shows 4 to 5 inches of precipitation in the northern reaches of the Kern River basin. This morning's run of the ETA model shows very heavy precipitation in the Sierra through Friday afternoon.

Snow levels are currently forecast to range from about 7000 ft. in the north, to about 8000 - 9000 ft. in the south. Variable and locally lower levels are possible. If sustained heavy rains occur in burn areas of the Kern River basin, increased run-off and erosion may result.

Find the kayak you've been looking for on-line in our Used Boat Barn and New Boat Barn. It's probably on sale! We can ship anywhere in the US. If you need help in deciding which boat is right for you, email or call and we will be happy to offer our opinions... We have paddled all of them!

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)
06NOV2002 0900 -- -- 4.20 135 166 60 106 82080 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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.

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