Lake Shasta’s level is rising, with more rain on the way. How close is it to being full?
Lake Shasta, California’s largest reservoir, is at 113% of the historical average and just 52 feet away from full, thanks to the gift of rain the state has received so far this winter.
National Weather Service data for Redding Regional Airport showed the area received about 1.8 inches of rain last Friday and Saturday.
As of Sunday, The elevation of the lake was over 1,015 feet above sea level, making it 52 feet from its edge, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
The lake contains 4.5 million acre-feet of water and is the cornerstone of the Central Valley Project, providing water to millions of acres of California farmland.
10-day rain forecast for Northern California
Keep raincoats and umbrellas handy.
The forecast calls for rain during most of this week and until next Tuesday, January 23. The Sacramento Valley could see less than a half-inch of rain while one to three inches of snow could accumulate in higher mountain passes.
There may be a break in the weather on Thursday and most of Friday before the rain returns. Rainfall totals Saturday through Monday could range from 1 to 3 inches in the Central Valley, while the foothills and mountains could see 2 to 6 inches of snow.
Has California recovered from drought?
The Golden State then had one of its wettest years on record It will witness 31 atmospheric rivers in the 2023 water year. That brought an end to the fourth multi-year drought Californians have experienced over the past two decades, the National Integrated Drought Information System reported.
The outlook remains positive in 2024.
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A map of California released by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that almost all of the state is out of drought. the Conditions for January 11, which is the latest data available as of Mondayalso showed that there are no areas expected to see less than normal rainfall in January.
Only a large swath of Siskiyou County and an area along the Colorado River in San Bernardino and Riverside counties remain under abnormally dry conditions, according to the Drought Watch.
So far, December and January are ranked as the most The 25th wettest on record since 1895According to the National Integrated Drought Information System.
This article originally appeared on the Redding Record Searchlight: Lake Shasta, California’s largest reservoir, is 52 feet from full