SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack and related climate sensors operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Department of Agriculture. The SNOTEL sites are generally located in remote high-mountain watersheds where access is often difficult or restricted.
All SNOTEL sites measure snow water content, accumulated precipitation and air temperature. Some sites also measure snow depth, soil moisture and temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. These data are used to forecast yearly water supplies, predict floods, and for general climate research.
- Colorado River Basin – Entire Basin (NOAA)
- Independence Pass (Roaring Fork River Headwaters)
- Ivanhoe Lake (Fryingpan River Headwaters)
- Schofield Pass (Crystal River Headwaters)
- Animas River Basin
- Blue Mesa Reservoir
- Blue River Basin
- Colorado River near Dotsero
- Colorado River at Cameo
- Dillon Reservoir
- Dolores River Basin