When it rains on the snowpack it always produces spectacular results.
Today is no exception. The hydrographs of tributaries to the Verde River such as Oak and Wet & Dry Beaver Creeks look like moon shots. Even Sycamore Creek is getting back into the action, as evidenced by the Verde River at Clarkdale. If you just want to be an "armchair water watcher," today is the day to do it. All you have to do it keep checking in at:
and click on the various Verde River Basin links in the upstream portion.
(It takes a lot longer for the affect of rain on snow to impact the Salt River system gauges.)
Anyway, it's a LOT of fun!
We DEARLY wanted to hike Woods Canyon today but we knew danged well that we would get stranded back there because of rising water. There is a way out--the Hot Loop Trail--but it sure would make for a really LOOOONG day! We can only imagine what it would look like.
This is what the Red Rock Beach looked like Friday at 300 cfs. It eventually peaked at about 15-16 times this water volume.