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Salmon River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 1250 cfs
Average cfs
Runnable Min cfs
Runnable Max cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 5 Miles
Class II+ to III
Current Weather 59° Sunny


This class II+ to III journey is accessible from Access - Wilderness Bridge along the Salmon River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Welches Run are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id.

This is a nice intermediate run that begins in the canyon and runs out to Welches, OR.  For the most part this is class II to III water depending on water levels.  There is no gauge on the Salmon so you'll need to get a visual on the flow and make a call if it's worth floating or not.  Spring runoff is typically the season here. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 59. west northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Season Begins: April & Ends: June

Seasonal Flow Status: -11% Below Average

With a 1250cfs streamflow rate, Welches Run is currently below its 1406cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by -11%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 826cfs in 2013, and a high of 2210cfs seen in 2014. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 13296500

Hourly Forecast: 59° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 20%. to a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. mostly sunny, with a high near 66. southwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 54° - 66°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KPIH 180839 AFDPIH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pocatello ID 239 AM MDT Thu Apr 18 2019 .SHORT TERM...Through Saturday night. Quiet conditions expected through much of the day Friday as the region will be nestled beneath a high pressure ridge which will crest over the area on Friday. Given the expectation for plenty of sunshine and favorable downslope winds, have boosted high Temperatures from Friday from Burley to Idaho Falls. Under these conditions, Temperatures typically match or even exceed the warmest of guidance. As such, we`re carrying high Temperatures into the upper 70s for these areas Friday which will easily make Friday the warmest day of the year thus far, some 15 degrees above climatological averages. Records should be safe however as they`re well into the 80s across the eastern Magic Valley and Snake Plain for April 19. Attention then turns to an approaching cold front that will be encroaching on the Central Idaho Mountains by Friday night. The initial isolated to scattered showers (and possibly an isolated Thunderstorm) activity will likely begin across Custer county between sunset and Midnight Friday evening. As we head through the remainder of Friday night, showers should gradually sag south and east, with some hints of additional development along the Montana border/Continental Divide region. As we head into Saturday, the overall forecast picture is becoming a bit clearer, as models are coming into better agreement on resolving the complex interaction of a trough/low that`s expected to track from northern California Saturday through northern Utah Sunday and a separate shortwave tracking through Montana. Latest solutions offer earlier phasing of these features, which is now resulting in a gradual uptick in shower/thunderstorm activity across all of SE Idaho as we go through the day Saturday and continuing through Sunday. This is supported by ensemble Precipitation schemes as well, so have increased precipitation potential and associated forecast precipitation amounts through the Weekend across all of SE Idaho. As the low tracks through northern Utah Saturday night thorugh Sunday, expect isolated to scattered shower activity to become better organized and evolve into a banded ...

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