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PAJARO RIVER - CHITTENDEN (AROC1)
Latitude: 36.90º NLongitude: 121.60º WElevation: 82 Feet
Location: Santa Cruz County in CaliforniaBulletin Group: Central CoastRiver Group: Salinas/Pajaro
Issuance Time: Mar 03 2024 at 9:01 AM PSTNext Issuance: Mar 04 2024 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 22.0 FeetFlood Stage: 24.1 Feet
Please Note:Provisional monitor and flood stages have been established along the Pajaro River due to observed impacts to the levee system from previous flood events.
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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2022
1,150
11.57
Dec 28, 2021
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
 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
1995
21,500
32.20
Mar 11, 1995
1969
17,800
23.90
Feb 25, 1969
 * Missing data during 1939, otherwise record complete
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Impacts - E19 Information
22.0 FeetMonitor Stage. Water beginning to rise onto levee slopes.
24.1 FeetMinor Flood Stage. Water levels within 3 feet of top of levee protecting Pajaro. Increased potential for seepage through levee at vulnerable locations.
25.1 FeetWater levels within 2 feet of top of levee protecting Pajaro.
27.1 FeetMajor Flood Stage. Levees protecting Pajaro at risk of overtopping at lowest points or severely strained if sandbagged. Seepage likely throughout the levee system.
29.0 FeetLevees protecting Watsonville and Pajaro at risk of failure. Flooding throughout the Pajaro Valley.
33.73 FeetStage and flow of record on 02/03/1998. 25,100 cfs.
Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ529)
Rest of Today: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows around 40. Northwest winds around 5 mph and becoming northeast after midnight.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Light winds and becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening. A chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs around 60. Southeast winds around 5 mph and becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs around 60.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night: Clear. Lows around 40.

Friday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.

Friday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s.
Product Disclaimer

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.