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Verde River - arizona
20th of May
Streamflow 498 cfs
Average 500 cfs
Runnable Min 300 cfs
Runnable Max 2000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 19 Miles
Class I to II
Current Weather 92° Sunny and Breezy


Lower Verde is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 498cfs, about 0% below the average runnable rate of 500cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Verde River between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 2000cfs.

This class I to II journey is accessible from 4 different boat launch points along the Verde River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lower Verde are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Verde River Blw Bartlett Dam, Az..

From Desert Voyagers Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 92. breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Season Begins: November & Ends: April

Seasonal Flow Status: 105% Above Average

With a 498cfs streamflow rate, Lower Verde is currently above its 243cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 105%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 97cfs in 2014, and a high of 553cfs seen in 2013. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 09510000

Hourly Forecast: 92° Today, Sunny and Breezy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. to sunny, with a high near 92. breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 30 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 78° - 92°

Forecast Discussion

775 FXUS65 KPSR 161218 AAA AFDPSR Area Forecast Discussion...Updated National Weather Service Phoenix AZ 515 AM MST Thu May 16 2019 .UPDATE...Updated aviation and fire weather discussions. && .SYNOPSIS... A mostly dry weather system will affect the region through Friday sweeping a cold front through the region and bringing widespread windy conditions for much of today. This will also result in much cooler temperatures with below normal temperatures lasting into the weekend. A similar weather system is anticipated for Sunday leading to more windy conditions and a reinforcing shot of cooler air. The unsettled weather pattern will likely last through next week with continued well below normal temperatures, but overall dry conditions. && .DISCUSSION... A deep Pacific low centered just off the northern California coast will continue to track eastward through Friday with the southern fringes of the trough passing through Arizona. Moisture advection ahead of the trough will generally be limited to the upper levels, but an advancing low and mid level cold front will pool moisture just ahead and along the front. The cold front is seen moving west to east across the area this afternoon and evening with any shower activity generally staying across the higher terrain of central Arizona. Strong height falls with the advancing trough and cold air advection has already brought an increase in winds across southeast California since last evening. Winds today will strengthen and spread across Arizona with windy conditions becoming widespread by early afternoon. Advisory level winds with gusts above 40 mph are likely this afternoon and early evening over the bulk of the higher terrain with gusts of 30 to 40 mph across the lower deserts. Highs today will be much cooler over southeast California and southwest Arizona (10-15 degree drop), but only around 5 degrees cooler across south-central and eastern Arizona. As the trough exits the region on Friday, highs will drop further with the lower deserts only reaching into the lower 80s. After a brief period of weak ridging on Saturday, another Pacific trough will approach from the northwest. This trough will take a very similar track as ...

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