Storms dump 11 billion gallons of water in Lake Tahoe |

Storms dump 11 billion gallons of water in Lake Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
Lake Tahoe rose over 3 inches from rainfall last weekend.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

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.

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