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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: Dec 11 2018 at 12:28 PM PSTNext Issuance: Dec 12 2018 at 9:00 AM 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
2017
9,160
26.98
Feb 21, 2017
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
 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)
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph in the evening and becoming light.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming northwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds around 5 mph and becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s.

Saturday and Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the mid 40s.

Sunday: Rain likely. Highs around 60.

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

Monday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs around 60.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. 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.