With recent heavy rains and a wetter 2012, lake levels have rebounded very nicely compared were they were one year ago in late January.
Lake Levels as of late January 2012
Toledo Bend: 162.30 feet -9.70 feet below pool stage
Sam Rayburn: 153.72 feet -10.68 feet below pool stage
Livingston: 130.64 feet -0.36 feet below pool stage
Nacogdoches: 267.40 feet -11.60 feet below pool stage
Lake Levels as of this past week
Toledo Bend: 169.69 feet -2.31 feet below pool stage
Sam Rayburn: 161.38 feet -3.02 feet below pool stage
Livingston: 131.22 feet +0.22 feet above pool stage
Nacogdoches: 278.83 -0.17 feet below pool stage
In looking at the comparisons, it's night and day versus where we were last year. The one exception is Lake Livingston, which was near pool stage, even after the record setting drought of 2011.
We typically show lake levels every Wednesday since many of you like to know these values and where these major lakes stand in regards to their current water level. We tend to show them more in the spring, summer, and fall months since that is when many people hit the lakes more frequently.
Based on our forecast over the next few weeks, we should see these levels hold steady, with just slight deviations. While we do have multiple chances for rain in the forecast next week, we don't see any rain event being heavy enough to lead to a significant rise in the watersheds that feed the lakes.
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