Storms dump 11 billion gallons of water in Lake Tahoe
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe rose 3 inches thanks to a generous dumping of rain last weekend.
Six inches of rain fell in South Lake Tahoe, reported US National Weather Service in Reno, translating to a deposit of roughly 33,660 acre-feet of water, or 11 billion gallons, to Lake Tahoe.
“For reference, that’s roughly equivalent to the average total consumptive water use in a year from the Truckee River by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority,” the agency wrote on Facebook.
“The average metered household in the Truckee Meadows uses about 121,000 gallons a year.”
The majority of the water came from direct rainfall on the lake versus runoff input to the lake.
Despite the much-needed rainfall, the lake level still remains around 2.5 inches below the natural rim of 6,223 feet.
US National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny weekend, but predicts a slight chance of showers for early next week.