"He is the mountain streams' own darling, the hummingbird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark loves sunshine and meadows. Among all the mountain birds, none has cheered me so much in my lonely wanderings, none so unfailingly." - John Muir, The Mountains of California
I've never been so happy to see a storm roll in. This felt counterintuitive to me after spending a long winter on the grey, misty Oregon Coast. All winter, I'd wake up to another day of rainy mist swirling in off the coast, and groan about how I had to be deficient in Vitamin D by now.
It may be too early to call but we could be in uncharted waters as far as Roaring Fork River peak flows go. Bad pun.
Possible Peak of Roaring Fork at Aspen, 128 cfs 4/27/12.
Previous lowest peak 202 cfs in 2002. (47 years of record keeping)
Last year peak was 816 cfs.
Historical Peak Stream flow complete record here: Roaring Fork at Aspen
It's never too late to start observing nature and keeping records. Phones, cameras, and social media make it easy to share. Collective observations by all of us (citizen science) can be a powerful tool for understanding the landscape. Citizen science and phenology are gaining attention. An ACES goal is to facilitate our community's observations and reporting of nature. Direct engagement with the natural world connects us to our environment, providing intellectual, spiritual, and physical sustenance.