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CNRFC Lake Isabella Daily Inflow Forecast for the period July 10 - August 5.Click
CNRFC Lake Isabella Daily Inflow Forecast
for the period July 10 - August 5.

CNRFC Lake Isabella Daily Inflow Forecast
for the period July 10 - August 5.

A California-Nevada River Forecast Center trace analysis for the period July 10 to August 5, based on conditions as of July 7, suggest a good chance that the average daily inflow to Lake Isabella will remain above 1000 cfs through August 1.

Edessa Foster paddling her new Jackson Hero Riverside Park at about 6500 cfs on 5/14/06Click
Edessa Foster paddling her new Jackson Hero
Riverside Park at about 6500 cfs on 5/14/06.

Edessa Foster paddling her new Jackson Hero
Riverside Park at about 6500 cfs on 5/14/06

It was close, but according to preliminary COE data, the hourly flow at Kernville, the average daily flow at Kernville, and average daily inflow to Lake Isabella peaked on May 15th. At 9:00 A.M. on the 15th, the COE reported the Kern at Kernville at 9.82 ft. and 7588 cfs. The COE also reported a 24 hr. average inflow to Lake Isabella of 6299 cfs, and a 24 hr. average flow at Kernville of 6910 cfs. These flows were slightly higher than those recorded on May 19, the date projected by the CNRFC for the peak, and the flows recorded on May 20.

CNRFC Kern-Isabella Expected Inflows Based on Conditions as of 5/17/06Click
CNRFC Kern-Isabella Expected Inflows
Based on Conditions as of 5/17/06.

CNRFC Kern-Isabella Expected Inflows
Based on Conditions as of 5/17/06

This graphic, generated using the CNRFC AHPS/ESP Trace Analysis interface, shows the expected inflow to Lake Isabella for the period May 18 to August 1, 2006. It is based on the conditions as of May 17th, and the flow history of the Kern.

CNRFC Kern-Isabella 5-day Mean Inflows Based on Conditions as of 5/11/06.Click
CNRFC Kern-Isabella 5-day Mean Inflows
Based on Conditions as of 5/11/06.

CNRFC Kern-Isabella 5-day Mean Inflows
Based on Conditions as of 5/11/06

Based on conditions as of May 11, the California-Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC) projects the 5-day mean inflow to Isabella for the period May 16 to May 20 should be in the 7000-7500 range. The May 10 Short Term Snowmelt Forecast, produced by the CNRFC and the California Dept. of Water Resources projects a peak 1-day inflow to Isabella of 14,000 acre-feet on May 19. This equates to an average 24 hour inflow of about 7000 cfs. Note: Projected inflows include the contributions from the N.F. and S.F. Kern.

Eric Jackson's Winning Run on Brush Creek. Photograph Copyright © 2006 Katharine Edmonson. Click
Eric Jackson's Winning Run on Brush Creek
© 2006 Katharine Edmonson.

Eric Jackson's Winning Run on Brush Creek

Brush Creek was pumping on Saturday, and in the first official running of the Brush Creek race, Eric Jackson won the Men's K-1 class with an overall time of 2:26.03. Second in the Men's K-1 went to Dave Garringer, with Jay Kincaid third. 2004 Olympic Silver medallist Rebecca Giddens won the Women's K-1 with a time of 2:42.09 -- the sixth fastest time overall. Emily Jackson and Jessie Rice followed in second and third. Galen Licht won the Junior Boys K-1 in a time of 2:59.56, just ahead of Dane Jackson, and brother Jared Licht.

Pascoes (9150 ft.) Snow Water Content February 3 to morning of March 6. 2006.Click
Curran and his new Fun1
March 11. 2006.

Curran and his new Fun1 - March 11. 2006.

Curran, the excited new owner of a Jackson Fun 1 in today's River Notes Photo will be eight this April. If you're a Kern regular, you probably know Curran's dad Michael, and have seen some of his photography. According to Michael:

"Curran's first whitewater experience was on a Sierra South Lickety Split raft run almost two years ago. He is a whitewater fanatic. During his short career, he has rafted and IK'd sections of the Merced, Chili Bar, and Kern from just above Tequila Chute down to the Cemetery. He's also run Fairview a few times. Tequila is his favorite rapid. He has guided our Hyside Rio Bravo paddle boat down a full Powerhouse run and on the Coloma-Lotus run. While guiding rafts he has only ever had one person fall out of the raft (his mom) which happened at Old Scary on the S.F. American and this was largely due to one of his crew (me) thinking that he knew more than the guide. Oops..."

Pascoes (9150 ft.) Snow Water Content February 3 to morning of March 6. 2006.
Pascoes (9150 ft.) Snow Water Content
February 3 to morning of March 6. 2006.

Pascoes (9150 ft.) Snow Water Content
February 3 to morning of March 6. 2006.

This graph of snow water content at Pascoes (9150 ft.) in the Kern RIver basin pretty much tells the story. The March 6 Regional Snowpack Summary from California Cooperative Snow Surveys reported the Southern Section of the Sierra at 110% of normal for the date, and 99% of the April 1 seasonal total.

Kern River Canyon - Cascade from Flume. Kern Below KR1, Near Canyon Entrance.
Kern River Canyon - Cascade from Flume
Kern Below KR1, Near Canyon Entrance

Kern River Canyon - Cascade from Flume
Kern Below KR1, Near Canyon Entrance

Water cascades from a powerplant flume high above the Kern River near the mouth of the Kern Canyon. This reach is below the KR1 powerhouse, but upstream of the Rio Bravo Dam.

View of Half Dome from near Sentinel Dome
View of Half Dome from near Sentinel Dome
02/03/06 Courtesy of Yosemite Association

View of Half Dome from near Sentinel Dome
02/03/06

With 13 of 16 snow courses measured, California Cooperative Snow Surveys reported the Kern River Basin at 143% of the average February 1 total, and 87% of the average April 1 seasonal total. As a result of its high elevation, warm storms earlier this Winter resulted in significant snowfall in the Kern River basin while many other California river basins received only rain. Webcam image courtesy of Yosemite Association.

Eric Giddens on Cleavage - Kern below Democrat with in-channel flow about 950 cfs.
Eric Giddens on Cleavage - Kern below Democrat
01/07/06 In-channel flow about 950 cfs

Eric Giddens on Cleavage - Kern below Democrat
01/07/06 In-channel flow about 950 cfs

Eric Giddens and Brett Valle took advantage of mild mid-Winter temps and good flows and got in a run on the Cataracts. Here's a shot of Eric getting in some strong strokes before the boof on Cleavage (V). There's a rumor circulating that at the end of the run Eric did some research related to the opening of the Giddens' Kern River Brewing Company brew pub this Spring -- something to do with one of the ways "Class V Stout" might be served. We look for KRBC to fire a special "bootie" stein so that, in similar circumstances, we all may share in this hallowed tradition!

Storm Hammering Southern Sierra - NRL GOES-10 Vis/IR 10:30 am 01/02/06 PST
Storm Hammering Southern Sierra
NRL GOES-10 Vis/IR 10:30 am 01/02/06 PST

Storm Hammering Southern Sierra
NRL GOES-10 Vis/IR 10:30 am 01/02/06 PST

Precipitation totals at the higher elevations of the Kern River basin from the New Year's 2006 storms very nearly reached the 8 inches forecast. Snow sensors at Crabtree Meadow, Chagoopa Plateau, and Casa Vieja all recorded snow water equivalent totals in excess of 7 inches. The January 3, 2006 Regional Snowpack Summary from California Cooperative Snow Surveys reports the Southern Section of the Sierra at an astonishing 195%.

Sierra Snow on 11/09/05 - Terra-MODIS Image from NRL
Sierra Snow on 11/09/05
Terra-MODIS Image from NRL

Sierra Snow on 11/09/05

This Terra-MODIS image from the Naval Research Lab shows the first significant snow of the 2005-2006 season. This Flash animation shows the snow cover on 11/05/05 and then 11/09/05.

NOAA Winter Precipitation Outlook - Issued 10/12/05
NOAA Winter Precipitation Outlook
Issued 10/12/05

 

NOAA Winter Precipitation Outlook
Issued 10/12/05

NOAA released its initial Winter Outlook Wednesday. The outlook won't be much help to those trying to divine the magnitude of the Southern Sierra snowpack this season, prescribing neither wet, dry or normal precipitation for California this Winter. The reason: NOAA does not expect La Niña and El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to play a role in this Winter's forecast.

Kern River Photo Gallery 10/16/04 to 9/08/05

 

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