This has actually been beneficial to us. The snow started melting so quickly that the river channel had reached its capacity. The Corps of Engineers began flood operations and started storing the excess water. This was not a good thing. We need to get as much water into Elephant Butte Reservoir in the southern part of the state as quickly as possible. Once storage there hits a certain level, we will then be able to store water in the upper reservoirs. While Elephant Butte is beneficial to the farmers in the southern part, it does nothing for the farmers just south of ABQ. It also doesn't help us in keeping the river wet for the stupid endangered minnow. Now that things have cooled down, the Corps is able to evacuate that flood water and there is still a lot of snow in mountains to provide for some good flows later which we will hopefully be able to capture.
That's what I really love about this job. It's real-time hydrology. I was once put in a planning position. Talk about a square peg in a round hole. I am a terrible planner. They worry about stuff 5-10 years down the road. Most things don't come to pass. That's not me. I have to make decisions right now that will have an immediate results.
Surface water hydrology is also an inexact science. Why? Because so much is driven by the weather. Even the meteorologists with the PhD's and the supercomputers can't tell you if it's going to rain next week. How is little ol' me supposed to predict what the river is going to do next month or even next year? And yet, that's my job. I could have saved all of that money I spent going to college and bought a really nice crystal ball. ;oP