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PAJARO RIVER - CHITTENDEN (AROC1)
Latitude: 36.90º NLongitude: 121.60º WElevation: 82 Feet
Location: Santa Cruz County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Central Coast
Issuance Time: Jan 18 2018 at 7:43 AM PSTNext Issuance: Jan 18 2018 at 3:00 PM PST
Monitor Stage: 25.0 FeetFlood Stage: 32.0 Feet
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2016
4,050
19.82
Mar 14, 2016
2015
621
8.60
Dec 12, 2014
2014
182
5.17
Mar 1, 2014
2013
2,910
16.97
Dec 24, 2012
2012
633
8.10
Jan 21, 2012
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - February 1938* to Present)
1998
25,100
33.73
Feb 3, 1998
1956
24,000
32.46
Dec 24, 1955
1958
23,500
33.11
Apr 3, 1958
1955
21,500
32.20
Mar 11, 1955
1969
17,800
23.90
Feb 25, 1969
 * Missing data during 1939, otherwise record complete
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ529)
Today: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph and becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 5 mph and becoming northwest after midnight.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows around 40. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers 20 percent.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers 20 percent.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s.

Sunday Night: Rain likely. Lows in the upper 40s.

Monday: Showers likely. Highs in the lower 60s.

Monday Night and Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.

Tuesday Night and Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.
Impacts - E19 Information
25.0 FeetScouring of lowlands throughout the Pajaro Valley in areas not protected by levees.
28.0 FeetSome minor flooding of lowest agricultural areas in all reaches above Chittenden. Some secondary roads begin to flood. Watsonville levees within 3 feet of top.
29.5 FeetLevees protecting Watsonville within 2 feet of top. Moderate bank erosion and sediment deposition throughout reach. Some secondary roads flooded. State Highway 129 between US 101 and Watsonville begins to flood at railroad underpass 300 feet below gage and other lower spots along the river.
32.0 FeetSignificant damage from bank erosion and sediment deposition throughout reach. Some primary and many secondary roads flooded. Minor flooding of low portions of towns within the reach of the gage begins. Damage to roads and bridges possible due to erosion or logjams.
32.5 FeetWidespread flooding through the Pajaro Valley, with extensive damage and possible loss of life. Extensive erosion and logjam damage to highways and bridges. Many primary and most secondary roads flooded making transportation difficult.
33.11 FeetExtensive flood damage throughout the Pajaro Valley. Transportation extremely difficult. Watsonville and Pajaro levees overtopped or severely strained if sandbagged.
33.5 FeetSevere damage in Pajaro Valley, especially in Pajaro and Watsonville areas and likely near San Juan Bautista along the San Benito River and portions south of Gilroy near the Pajaro River. Transportation essentially impossible.
33.73 FeetStage and flow of record. 02/03/1998. 25,100 cfs.
35.0 FeetBankfull at gage. Transportation impossible. Levees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro in great danger of failing.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS San Francisco Bay Area-Monterey Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.