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S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 09/30/03

o The EPA's Office of Water encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring because of its many benefits. Volunteer monitors build awareness of pollution problems, become trained in pollution prevention, help clean up problem sites, provide data for waters that may otherwise be unassessed, and increase the amount of water quality information available to decision makers at all levels of government. Among the uses of volunteer data are delineating and characterizing watersheds, screening for water quality problems, and measuring baseline conditions and trends. More.

o Rivers, trails, and greenway corridors are traditionally recognized for their environmental protection, recreation values, and aesthetic appearance. These corridors also have the potential to create jobs, enhance property values, expand local businesses, attract new or relocating businesses, increase local tax revenues, decrease local government expenditures, and promote a local community. More.

o If you haven’t been to Wingfield Park in downtown Reno lately, you are in for a surprise. More than 3,500 tons of boulders have been added to the north side of the park and along the Truckee River, lining the island park and creating a series of four pools in the main channel. More.

o Equatorial surface and subsurface temperatures were slightly warmer than average throughout most of the Pacific during September. Equatorial SST anomalies greater than +0.5°C (~1°F) persisted in the region west of the date line during September, and developed over most of the region between the date line and 120°W during the last half of the month. More.

Splashes: Water Art - S.F.Kern - River Quotes - Zambezi Big Water - Condition Black

River Notes for Friday, October 31, 2003

Important information about River Notes.

It's snowing in the Sierra! Preliminary totals recorded by snow sensors at higher elevations of the Kern River basin indicate about 0.5 to 1.0 inch (snow water equivalent) has fallen so far. If accurate, this already exceeds the amount forecast by last night's ETA computer model for the 48 hr. period starting at 10:00 pm last night. Current forecasts suggest another 0.5 to 0.75 inch (SWE) could fall at the higher elevations over the next 24 hours.

Data from the Tropical Ocean Atmosphere Project sensors suggest that a very weak El Niño may be continuing to develop. An area with SSTs 1.0 degree or more above normal extends from 150W to 150E, and it appears anomalous easterly winds may continue to move this warm surface water eastward. Various indicators of El Niño strength are significantly weaker than last year at the same time. NOAA scientists "expect a minimal impact on the United States."

NOAA has released its 2003-2004 Winter Outlook for the U.S. earlier this month. The forecast is very similar to that issued in September, with equal chances for below average, normal, or above average precipitation for the West and much of the country.

When the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state is neither warm (El Niño) or cold (La Nina) forecasting tools have little skill at predicting longer term precipitation trends in the West. The typical Winter pattern when the ENSO state is neutral generally positions the Pacific Jet Stream to our north and the Subtropical Jet Stream to our south. Neither dominates, and the amount of precipitation becomes dependent on shorter term factors and patterns.

The current 6 to 10 day, and 8 to 14 day forecasts for Southern California are for below normal temperatures and normal to below normal precipitation.

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)
31OCT2003 0900 -- -- 4.14 128 419 17 402 150377 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '03 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
Updated 09/30/03

o The EPA's Office of Water encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring because of its many benefits. Volunteer monitors build awareness of pollution problems, become trained in pollution prevention, help clean up problem sites, provide data for waters that may otherwise be unassessed, and increase the amount of water quality information available to decision makers at all levels of government. Among the uses of volunteer data are delineating and characterizing watersheds, screening for water quality problems, and measuring baseline conditions and trends. More.

o Rivers, trails, and greenway corridors are traditionally recognized for their environmental protection, recreation values, and aesthetic appearance. These corridors also have the potential to create jobs, enhance property values, expand local businesses, attract new or relocating businesses, increase local tax revenues, decrease local government expenditures, and promote a local community. More.

o If you haven’t been to Wingfield Park in downtown Reno lately, you are in for a surprise. More than 3,500 tons of boulders have been added to the north side of the park and along the Truckee River, lining the island park and creating a series of four pools in the main channel. More.

o Equatorial surface and subsurface temperatures were slightly warmer than average throughout most of the Pacific during September. Equatorial SST anomalies greater than +0.5°C (~1°F) persisted in the region west of the date line during September, and developed over most of the region between the date line and 120°W during the last half of the month. More.

Splashes: Water Art - S.F.Kern - River Quotes - Zambezi Big Water - Condition Black

River Notes for Thursday, October 16, 2003

Important information about River Notes.

NOAA has released its 2003-2004 Winter Outlook for the U.S. The forecast is very similar to that issued in September, with equal chances for below average, normal, or above average precipitation for the West and much of the country.

When the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state is neither warm (El Niño) or cold (La Nina) forecasting tools have little skill at predicting longer term precipitation trends in the West. The typical Winter pattern when the ENSO state is neutral generally positions the Pacific Jet Stream to our north and the Subtropical Jet Stream to our south. Neither dominates, and the amount of precipitation becomes dependent on shorter term factors and patterns.

One, somewhat unexpected, wrinkle has emerged. After looking like a La Nina would develop, and then returning to near neutral for several months, equatorial waters have warmed to just below the threshold that defines a weak El Niño. According to NOAA scientists a weak El Niño is possible by the end of November, but they "expect a minimal impact on the United States."

Big Whitney Meadow, at about 9700' in the Sierra southwest of Mt. Langley looks big, but it is just a small fraction of the huge, 1000 square mile drainage area of the Kern River upstream of Kernville. In an average Winter snow course measurements here will record the water equivalent of about 200 cumulative inches of snow. The mountains of the Mineral King area can be seen in the distance.

While more than 18 inches of rain is forecast in some areas of the Northwest over the next few days, our weather will continue to be dominated by a high pressure ridge. The current 6 to 10 day, and 8 to 14 day forecasts for both Southern and Northern California are for above average temperatures and below average precipitation.

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)
16OCT2003 0900 -- -- 4.24 147 428 17 411 160254 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '03 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
Updated 09/30/03

o The EPA's Office of Water encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring because of its many benefits. Volunteer monitors build awareness of pollution problems, become trained in pollution prevention, help clean up problem sites, provide data for waters that may otherwise be unassessed, and increase the amount of water quality information available to decision makers at all levels of government. Among the uses of volunteer data are delineating and characterizing watersheds, screening for water quality problems, and measuring baseline conditions and trends. More.

o Most of the water that now enters the Los Angeles River year-round is from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the Sepulveda Basin. Up to 75 million gallons of treated water are released daily into the river. That water is undrinkable but is treated well enough so that it presents no health hazards. However the storm drains along the various cities down river carry all kinds of contaminates into the river. More.

o If you haven’t been to Wingfield Park in downtown Reno lately, you are in for a surprise. More than 3,500 tons of boulders have been added to the north side of the park and along the Truckee River, lining the island park and creating a series of four pools in the main channel. More.

o Overall, near-neutral conditions are now observed in the equatorial Pacific. The below average ocean temperatures that developed in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific during May and early June returned to near average by July. Currently, slightly below average temperatures are confined to the far eastern tropical Pacific, average temperatures are observed in the east-central and central Pacific, and above average temperatures extend from the dateline westward. More.

Splashes: Water Art - S.F.Kern - River Quotes - Zambezi Big Water - Condition Black

River Notes for Monday, October 6, 2003

Important information about River Notes.

Here's your paddling trivia question for the day: When was the first Kayak/Canoe Polo game?

According to Claire Casucci it may have been in September 1880, when a form of kayak/canoe polo was played at Hunter's Quay in Scotland!

Kayak Polo (called Canoe Polo internationally) is another great way to have fun in a kayak. Rapidly growing in popularity, it can be played indoors or out, and requires only a 115 ft (35 m) by 75.5 ft (23 m) area of a pool or lake. As in hockey, soccer, and basketball, the object is to score more goals than your opponent. Teams of five players move the ball with their hands and paddle blades, and attempt to score. Contact, with some limitations, is permitted. It's an exciting, adrenalin-filled sport for both the athlete and spectator.

This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 11-13, you'll have the opportunity to see the best Kayak Polo teams in the U.S. going head-to-head in the 2003 US Kayak Polo Nationals being held at the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center near Los Angeles. The event is hosted by the UCLA Kayak Polo Club and and the San Diego Kayak Club.

Skills learned in kayak polo crossover to whitewater kayaking and you'll see a number of Kern paddlers listed among the teams participating in the Nationals, including Scott Ostrem, Steve Bogdan, Robert Beeston, Eric Giddens, Alex Chong, Gilbert Siegel, Garrett D'Amore, Jamie Simon, Janice Takade, Kim Johnson, Amanda Washburn, Bryant Burkhardt, Paul Macey, Miklos Peterfy, Krisztina Peterfy, Leslie Wilson, and others.

Today's RiverPhoto, taken by Krisztina Peterfy shows some kayak polo action near the goal at a recent tournament at Jack London square in Oakland. The paddlers are Scott Ostrem (blocking) of the San Diego Kayak Club, and Rob Logan (#2) and John O'Donnell of the Richmond Plungers.

How much snow will we get this Winter? Tough question! The Precipitation Outlook for December, January & February issued September 18, by the Climate Prediction Center, forecasts equal chances for below average, normal, or above average precipitation for the West and much of the country. The reason for such a noncommittal forecast is that the current El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state is neither warm (El Niño) or cold (La Nina).

The typical Winter pattern when the ENSO state is neutral generally positions the Pacific Jet Stream to our north and the Subtropical Jet Stream to our south. Neither dominates, and the amount of precipitation becomes dependent on shorter term factors and patterns.

Big Whitney Meadow, at about 9700' in the Sierra southwest of Mt. Langley looks big, but it is just a small fraction of the huge, 1000 square mile drainage area of the Kern River upstream of Kernville. In an average Winter snow course measurements here will record the water equivalent of about 200 cumulative inches of snow. The mountains of the Mineral King area can be seen in the distance.

An upper level low spinning off the coast southwest of San Diego may interact with moisture associated with hurricane Nora and result in some showers or thunderstorms in far southern and southeastern California this week, but at the moment it doesn't look like there's any major weather systems headed for the Kern River basin for at least the next few days.

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)
06OCT2003 1500 -- -- 4.53 210 449 53 433 168152 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '03 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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