Lake Tahoe Has Reached Its Peak Height for 2016

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Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, CA.

Lake Tahoe, CA reached its peak height for the year on June 11th, 2016.  Tahoe peaked at 6,224.05′, which is 1.05′ over it’s natural rim.

Lake Tahoe’s water level is currently at 6,223.79′, which is 9.5″ above its natural rim.

Lake Tahoe water level today.
Lake Tahoe water level today.

The Truckee River in Tahoe City is flowing at 132 cfs as of today.  Fortunately there is enough water to in the Truckee River between Tahoe City & Alpine Meadows to do the “beer float” this year.  They’re hoping to make it to Labor Day.  We’ll see…

You can see in the graph below that the lake is doing considerably better this year than last year (2015 in green), but not quite as well as 2014 (in purple).  We really need that banger snow year to bring the lake back up above its natural rim and keep it there.  La Nina?

You can forecast from this graph that Lake Tahoe will most likely fall below its natural rim (leaving the Truckee River dry in Tahoe City, CA) once again around October 1st, 2016.

Graph showing Lake Tahoe's water levels in 2016 vs 2015 vs 2014
Graph showing Lake Tahoe’s water levels in 2016 vs 2015 vs 2014

Our fingers are crossed for a big snow year and a big lake year and a big river year in 2016/17.

The world famous Truckee River "beer float". We miss this...
The world famous Truckee River “beer float”. We miss this…

 


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