Storm helps lake reach rim
December 8, 2003
The storm over the weekend filled Lake Tahoe back up to its rim – which sits 6,223 feet above sea level.
Most of the 1.37 inches of precipitation that fell at South Shore came Saturday night and early Sunday, according to Gary Barbato, hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Reno.
“I think it’s going to keep going up a bit,” Barbato said. “I think there is going to continue to be some inflows as long as it stays above freezing and we have some melt.”
Tahoe first dipped below its rim at the end of last month. Its level was 0.14 of an inch below the rim before the storm last weekend.
Water stored above 6,223 feet is included in controlled water releases by the federal water master in Reno to feed the Truckee River.
– Gregory Crofton