March Snowstorms Dump Nearly 4 Feet of Snow and some Drought Relief
Old Man Winter decided to pay Lake Tahoe a visit last week, bringing with him nearly four feet of new snow! As a result, conditions at the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are currently awesome. The good news is that he’s sticking around. More snow is in the forecast tonight, which means we’ll be starting off April with a powder day (or two). No joke!
At 4 am of Monday the Folsom lake level was up to 437,286 AF with an inflow of 7,074 cfs and outflow of 1,758cfs. The reported lake level was 408.3 feet above sealevel at that time.
Last week EID Director Greg Prada said about the EID Drought, "March lake levels up substantially."
Prior to the last rainfall, Greg Prada wrote:
Dear Fellow EID Ratepayers,
Note the below substantial improvements in lake levels over the past four weeks:
Today’s rainfall should provide a further boost when next week’s lake levels are reported. Precipitation for just the two months February and March 2014 already has surpassed precipitation for the entire years in both 1976 and 1977.
Based on these encouraging February- March precipitation totals, we no longer need hypothesize that this year will be as dire as 1976-1977.
But we certainly are far from out of the woods and prudence dictates that the EID board should carefully consider selective stepped-up drought conservation measures. Lawn watering restrictions, financial penalties to those who fail to comply, and drought rate surcharges will be amongst EID Staff-proposed alternatives to be discussed at the EID Drought Workshop; April 2nd, 6:30pm at Cameron Park CSD.
Please come and let your views be heard.