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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: 22.0 FeetFlood Stage: 24.1 Feet

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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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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ529)
Today: Rain. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Breezy. Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph.

Saturday: Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night: Showers in the evening. A slight chance of thunderstorms. Showers likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph and becoming west 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds around 5 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

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

Tuesday through Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s. Lows in the lower 40s.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s.
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.
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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.