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Current conditions last updated 9:12 A.M. 5/20/13
Welcome to the 2013 season!!
Please call to make a reservation
for your next great float trip today!
ability may vary - we run when the river level is 5.8 feet (near 6000
cubic feet per second flow rate) or lower, as long as the combination
of water temperature and forecasted air temperature will be 110 degrees
or more, and as long as there is no impending severe weather. Rafting
will run at slightly higher levels but requires 4 or 5 people per
raft. Inner tubes will go out as long as the combination of air temperature
and water temperature is at least 150 degrees and river levels are
at or below 5.5 feet (up to 5.8 feet for strong swimmers only). The
conditions listed below will inform the public of the possibility
of equipment rentals on The James River.
River runners are forewarned that red conditions
indicate high river flow periods or bad weather conditions and are
advised to avoid river activities.Beginners and novices should
avoid The James River whenever water temperatures go below 55 degrees
and during the cold winter months. NO
jumping or diving on ANY trip and all participants MUST be capable
swimmers. There is NO trespassing allowed on Rock Island (just downstream
of disclaimer: The James River changes constantly
and clarity,depth, etc. can be altered significantly after this report
is issued. The reporter assumes no liability for the accuracy of the
following condition report after it is released.
= Lower than average levels...watch for rocks...shallow water! (Below
NOTE: last trip goes at 1:30PM at Blue (or
lower Green) levels, no rafts. Green = Average levels (3.2
to 4.8 Feet) No
rafts below 3.5 Feet
Yellow = Above average H2O....CAUTION!
Trips are faster. (4.9
to 5.9 Feet) Red = High
H2O, large volume, bad weather......NO GO! (
6 Feet and above)
River Conditions at Hatton Ferry Average
Depth = 5.8
Scedule of release as of 05/20/13: Lake elevation at 1584 (normal
pool is around 1582 ft above sea level), release at 244cfs. See
graph of the past week's river flow rates near Hatton Ferry.
Temp = 66°
Clarity = Clearing/Green
Average CFS (a measure of volume as a result of flow in cubic feet
per second, ie: width x depth x foot flow per second) = approx. 6090CFS
MPH (Est.) = 3.25mph
902 AM EDT MON MAY 20 2013
.REST OF TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG LATE THIS MORNING. A
CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING...THEN NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S.
SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. PATCHY FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE
MID 60S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT.
.TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S.
SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WINDS
5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
.WEDNESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.
CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS IN THE MID 60S. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
.THURSDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S. CHANCE OF RAIN 50 PERCENT.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
LOWS IN THE LOWER 60S.
.FRIDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.
HIGHS IN THE MID 70S. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 50S.
.SATURDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 50.
.SUNDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 70S.
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