Southeast Drought update- 2008 review- current readings

Lake Lanier didn’t go dry in 2008, but it is still dangerously low

With winter now here it is time for regeneration until spring when water use will once again pick up. In December of 2008 lake Lanier did drop below 20 ft below full pool, albeit only for a couple of days. Rain in the area kept Lanier from seeing the record low water levels witnessed in December of 2007.

At 942 AM EST THU JAN 01 2009 Lake Lanier was showing a level of 1053.09, down 17.91ft from full pool of 1071. On January 1, 2008 Lake Lanier had a water level of 1051.35, down 19.65ft from full pool. The difference- 1.74ft. This gain was primarily due to rains that came in December of 2008. Had it not been for this, Lake Lanier would have surely dropped below record low levels. Still, a gain of 1.74ft isn’t that impressive for a whole year. Today Lake Lanier is showing a level of 1053.12 down 17.88ft from full pool.

RAIN FACTS FOR 2008 via~ STACY SHELTON / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Driest months: June and September. Each got less than 1 inch of rain.

Wettest months: August, October and December. All three months got more rain than normal, albeit by less than 1 inch.

Thanks to 4.4 inches of rain in December, Lake Lanier is unlikely this winter to beat the record low level set in December 2007. But the lake is still 17 feet below full, and more than 15 feet below its average level for this time of year.

Sources: National Weather Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Go read ‘Less rainfall may be new ‘normal’‘ for North Georgia’ from STACY SHELTON @ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for what is to come in the future for the Southeast. It ain’t lookin’ good.

Thanks to Stacy and others at the AJC for their continued coverage of the Drought situation in the Southeast.

Thats about it for now. Check back next month for an update. For all previous post on the drought, see The Drought files



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