Jan 082011

With the storm track staying farther to the north, for now, it seems like a good time to look at how Lake Powell is doing and will be doing.But first, if you have ever wondered what Lake Powell looks like in the winter, check out their webcams: Lake Powell Webcams.

The lake level is following an almost identical path as last year. A steady decline due to power generation is eating up about 14,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water. The inflows are slowly dropping and are currently around 6,700 cfs.

The snowpack above Lake Powell is looking great!It has been running at 140-150% of normal for a while now. If this continues this will lead to a very nice increase for the lake next summer. Could we see a return to levels above the 3650 foot elevation? When haven’t been above that for roughly a decade.

It comes back to who do we believe. I thought we were going to have a dry, slightly warm winter. So, I think it’s fair to say it’s been wet and very warm. The very warm part will probably change if the current cold persists. Also, I thought this wouldn’t be the effect for the Upper Colorado River Basin. I thought they would be closer to normal. The Climate Prediction Center’s drought outlook seems to agree.

Drought Outlook - CLimate Prediction Center

Drought Outlook - CLimate Prediction Center

Notice that they updated this on January 6. It looks like the Upper Colorado River Basin will not see the development of a drought. This bodes well for Lake Powell’s water level this coming summer. Also, notice, most Northern Arizona is no longer project to develop drought conditions.


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