Lake Tahoe Has Risen Nearly 1 FOOT In 2017 | That’s 33.6 Billion Gallons of Water

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
Lake Tahoe since the new year! Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Lake Tahoe since the new year! Image: NOAA Reno, NV

The new year has been off to a very busy start, with storm after storm bringing much needed rain and snowfall across the region. This morning we published the storm total rainfall amounts for a very impressive atmospheric river event around the region, but how much has Lake Tahoe risen as a result of all that rain and high elevation snow this year?

Lake Tahoe. Image: Ski Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe. Image: Ski Lake Tahoe

Overall, since January 1st, the lake has risen nearly a foot! In terms of volume, that translates to an increase of about 103,200 acre-feet, or an increase of roughly 33.6 billion gallons of water! For reference, an average household of four people uses 1 acre/foot of water per year.

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