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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
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
2021
1,160
9.97
Jan 29, 2021
2020
1,070
9.60
Apr 6, 2020
2019
4,540
20.49
Feb 15, 2019
2018
909
9.22
Mar 23, 2018
2017
9,160
26.98
Feb 21, 2017
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - February 1938* to Present) - Ranked by Flow
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)
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows around 50. West winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming northwest after midnight.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming northeast after midnight.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds around 5 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph in the evening and becoming light.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Sunday Night through Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid to upper 40s. Highs in the 70s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
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.