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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bitterroot River update – current USGS water levels and snowpack to-date

Tucker Crossing Fishing Access
Here is a photo taken at Tucker Crossing north of Victor, MT at 9:45 am. It is just about the middle of the Bitterroot River. You can see the sky is overcast and spring run-off hasn't started. The river is not high - normal for this time of year, the weather is cool.

The air temperature starts out in the upper 30 degree range, about 11 am or 12 pm it climbs over 40 degrees. Today's high is forecasted at 52 degrees with the high-overcast sky.

There is no water temperature gage on the Florence measuring station but the upper river water temperature is hovering around 37 degrees.

Click graph below to visit USGS website for water data near Florence MT (north of Tucker Crossing).

Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent instantaneous value: 982 cfs, 03-28-2009 12:45
CFS data for Florence, MT

S N O W - P R E C I P I T A T I O N U P D A T E
Based on Mountain Data from NRCS SNOTEL Sites
As of SATURDAY: MARCH 28 , 2009
Data Site Name (Ft) Current Average Avg - Current Average Avg

BITTERROOT RIVER BASIN - click link to go to complete report

DALY CREEK (5780) 101% - 112%

LOLO PASS (5240) 92 - 90

NEZ PERCE CAMP (5650) 101 - 112

SADDLE MTN. (7940) 92 - 88

SKALKAHO SUMMIT (7250) 87 - 97

TWELVEMILE CREEK (5600) 109 - 109

TWIN LAKES (6400) 101 - 102

Basin wide percent of average,
Snow Water Equivilant 97% and Total Precipitation 100%

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