Texas Lake Levels

Looks like we aren’t out of the woods when it comes to dwindling Texas lake levels. Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees On Feb 5, 2013 to expect another dry year. Reading between the lines, expecte the lake levels will likely continue to drop.

Apparently, Texas has only received 68 percent of its normal rainfall and reservoirs are at their lowest levels since 1990. The state will experience the second-worst drought on record in 2013 and some parts of the state will see the worst drought ever.

“If the extreme conditions extend through the summer, only the 1950s drought would be drier,” Nielsen-Gammon told lawmakers.

The most recent data shows 90 percent of Texas experiencing abnormally dry conditions, with 22 percent in extreme or exceptional drought. Meanwhile, the amount of water stored in reservoirs statewide is at its lowest point for this time of year since 1990, state officials said.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some good rain in the spring before we hit the typical hot/dry summer. Check out the low lake level history at some of the lakes we follow including Lake Bridgeport, Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Texoma.