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So much rain and snow fell in Northern California over the weekend that Lake Tahoe’s water levels rose back above its natural rim of 6,223 feet. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that 20 billion gallons of water were added to the lake, allowing water to resume flowing into the Truckee River.
Water levels at the Tahoe City dam rose almost 6 inches in 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and more than 24 inches of snow fell in the mountains around the Tahoe Basin. This appears to be what happens when the perfect storm of an atmospheric river and a bomb cyclone collide, bringing record-breaking precipitation to California.
This unexpected refilling of the lake comes only a week after Lake Tahoe’s water levels were reported to have dipped about an inch below the natural rim of the basin.
Lake Tahoe’s water levels are back up above the natural rim, thanks to precipitation from the massive storm system that pushed across Northern California this weekend. https://t.co/lHYvdur5Dr
— SFGATE (@SFGate) October 25, 2021