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River Notes for Thursday, May 31, 2001

Important information about River Notes.

We have been teaching classes and offering tours in paddling, climbing, hiking, and camping to thousands of people since 1985. Operating under permit with the Sequoia National Forest, trips are conducted on the Wild & Scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada. We are the oldest, largest, and most experienced paddling school in Southern California.

Don't wait, the water's great and we offer whitewater adventures with just the right amount of fun for you! See our Whitewater Kayaking, Recreational Boating, Climbing, and Rafting pages for more info. To ensure your spot, make your reservations early!

Curious about how all the new kayaks perform? Then plan to head to Kernville for our Free Kayak Demo Days. We'll have all of the hot new whitewater and touring/recreational kayaks available for you to check out. It's a great opportunity to try the new boats on the water, and Sierra South staff will be on hand to answer all your questions.

WHITEWATER KAYAKS
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1-5 PM
RIVERSIDE PARK, KERNVILLE
RECREATIONAL/TOURING KAYAKS
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 10-2 PM
BOULDER GULCH, ISABELLA LAKE

Want to sell your old boat in our Used Boat Barn? Contact the store at 1-760-376-3745 for information.

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)
31MAY2001 0700 n/a n/a 6.62 1450 936 400 536 242895 n/a
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar
*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, May 22, 2001

Important information about River Notes.

We have been teaching classes and offering tours in paddling, climbing, hiking, and camping to thousands of people since 1985. Operating under permit with the Sequoia National Forest, trips are conducted on the Wild & Scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada. We are the oldest, largest, and most experienced paddling school in Southern California.

Don't wait, the water's great and we offer whitewater adventures with just the right amount of fun for you! See our Whitewater Kayaking, Recreational Boating, Climbing, and Rafting pages for more info. To ensure your spot, make your reservations early!

The temperature has been in the nineties the last couple of afternoons and the warm weather has helped keep the Upper Kern flow above 2000 cfs. The paddling has just been outstanding, and should be great this Memorial Day weekend.

Curious about how all the new kayaks perform? Then plan to head to Kernville for our Free Kayak Demo Weekends. We'll have all of the hot new whitewater and touring/recreational kayaks available for you to check out. It's a great opportunity to try the new boats on the water, and Sierra South staff will be on hand to answer all your questions.

WHITEWATER KAYAKS
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1-5 PM
RIVERSIDE PARK, KERNVILLE
RECREATIONAL/TOURING KAYAKS
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 10-2 PM
BOULDER GULCH, ISABELLA LAKE

Want to sell your old boat in our Used Boat Barn? Contact the store at 1-760-376-3745 for information.

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)
22MAY2001 1100 2161 1561 7.51 2273 798 260 538 226305 256
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar
*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 Monday, May 14, 2001

Important information about River Notes.

We have been teaching classes and offering tours in paddling, climbing, hiking, and camping to thousands of people since 1985. Operating under permit with the Sequoia National Forest, trips are conducted on the Wild & Scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada. We are the oldest, largest, and most experienced paddling school in Southern California.

Don't wait, the water's great and we offer whitewater adventures with just the right amount of fun for you! See our Whitewater Kayaking, Recreational Boating, Climbing, and Rafting pages for more info. To ensure your spot, make your reservations early!

The weather and the water continue to be excellent on the Kern River. The hot weather last week pushed the Upper Kern to 2454 cfs last Thursday (May 11). This afternoon the Upper Kern is running about 1725 cfs, the Lower Kern at Borel is about 680 cfs, and the temperature is about 85 degrees. The road to the Forks put-in is open. Time to paddle!

The most recent MEI (Multivariate ENSO Index) value of -0.07 indicates a significant weakening of a La Nina that has persisted since 1998. Whether this is an indication of a pending El Nino, or just seasonal warming, remains to be seen. Forecasts appear to be evenly divided between Neutral and Warm episode conditions prevailing this Fall and Winter. There are complex short-cycle and long-cycle relationships between sea surface temperatures and global precipitation patterns. Strong warm episode conditions generally result in increased rainfall in California and an above average snowpack. The current long lead precipitation forecast is for precipitation in California to be near climatological norms this Winter.

Today's RiverPhoto is of Eric Southwick doing a clean cartwheel in the prelims of the 2001 TEVA Kern Festival Rodeo at Riverside Park. Eric placed third in the Men's Pro Finals and earned a cool $600 for the effort. For full results and more photos see Kern Festival 2001 Results and Kern Festival 2001 Photos.

Boats are being added to the New Boat Barn almost daily, so be sure to check for the latest arrivals! Today, we have the new Pyranha Sub 7 #2 in stock and ready to paddle.

Want to sell your old boat in our Used Boat Barn? Contact the store at 1-760-376-3745 for information.

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.)

 

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)
14MAY2001 1200 1747 1142 6.98 1726 680 91 589 203376 173
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar
*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, May 8, 2001

Important information about River Notes.

We have been teaching classes and offering tours in paddling, climbing, hiking, and camping to thousands of people since 1985. Operating under permit with the Sequoia National Forest, trips are conducted on the Wild & Scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada. We are the oldest, largest, and most experienced paddling school in Southern California.

Don't wait, the water's great and we offer whitewater adventures with just the right amount of fun for you! See our Whitewater Kayaking, Recreational Boating, Climbing, and Rafting pages for more info. To ensure your spot, make your reservations early!

It looks like the Upper Kern will probably top 2000 cfs today. At 9:00 this morning the Upper was at 1968 cfs, and the Lower Kern at Borel had just been increased to 710 cfs.

The paddling has been great. The current Short Term Snowmelt Forecast from the N.W.S. California-Nevada River Forecast Center and the California Department of Water Resources forecasts flows to average about 2000 cfs through May 21. (This is a median value that assumes seasonable temperatures.)

Today's RiverPhoto is of Eric Southwick doing a clean cartwheel in the prelims of the 2001 TEVA Kern Festival Rodeo at Riverside Park. Eric placed third in the Men's Pro Finals and earned a cool $600 for the effort. For full results and more photos see Kern Festival 2001 Results and Kern Festival 2001 Photos.

Boats are being added to the New Boat Barn almost daily, so be sure to check for the latest arrivals! Today, we have the new Pyranha Sub 7 #2 in stock and ready to paddle.

Want to sell your old boat in our Used Boat Barn? Contact the store at 1-760-376-3745 for information.

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.)

 

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)
08MAY2001 0900 2113 1513 7.25 1968 710 119 591 182604 159
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar
*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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