Lake Shasta has risen 100 feet since December

Folsom Lake in drought-stricken northern California has risen ~90 feet in the same time, says reader H.B. Schmidt.

“The website,, maintains daily, monthly, and annual reservoir records going back at least to 1985,” says H.B. “It is extremely interesting what the data reveals if you’re willing to search for it.

Lake Shasta Rises 100 ft

“For example, the last El Niño in 2010-11 replenished virtually all the major reservoirs managed by the state water board after the droughts began in 2007. Yet at Trinity Lake in northwestern California, from 1986-93 there was an equally impressive drought and decline in lake levels as seen today, and in 1977 there was a catastrophic decline to its lowest level in the past 30 years — which matches with the lowest seasonal snowfall on record at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort (94.0″, or 26.9% of average).

“What does this tell us?

(1) That drought is normal in California, especially southern California

(2) That this current drought is not unprecedented on even a climatologically abbreviated duration of ~30 years.

(3) That natural processes are responsible for quick and dramatic recoveries.

“We as humans tend to think in extremely short time frames, and function reactively rather than proactively. If California receives normal rainfall patterns this year and next winter, it is highly unlikely that there will be any mention of the drought of the past five years nor legislative planning for the next future drought sure to hit. It’s comical in how Californians regard its salience.”

Between Friday and Monday morning, California’s 46 largest reservoirs added a collective 391 billion gallons of water, enough for 6 million people for an entire year:

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Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for these links.

29 thoughts on “Lake Shasta has risen 100 feet since December”

  1. The worst drought in California, and we know this from studying tree rings, took place between 850 AD through 1050 AD. A 200 year mega drought that took place throughout the American southwest. And of course it had nothing to do with human activity. It doesn’t mean that it didn’t rain during that period but rather that rainfall was well below normal. We could well be in the beginning of another mega drought.

  2. They are openning the floodgates on some of the reservoirs when the reservoirs are only 75% full because they are nervous about the reservoirs getting so full they break the dams.

    • yeah well….that isnt so dumb
      as the people of Brisbane in Aus found out a few yrs back.
      they left it too late to open the weirs and the inflowing floodwaters came faster then they could drain some.
      lot of homes lost/ruined.

    • I’ve driven across the Folsom Lake Dam when the water was mere feet from the top and the flood gate were wide open. That was a few years after the 1977 drought.

    • No they are making space for the snow melt and spring rain falls to come, this should be normal practise to manage the excesses flows based on their experience in managing the catchment area .
      And yes, it all ends up down someone’s gullet or directly into the sea eventually. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a climate cycle of flood and drought, closely following the climate cycles of warmth and cold, which all of it depends on the Sun energy to drive it.
      I say this to the FBI, no one on this site and others like it here, denes the climate change which has occurred for the last 3.85 billion years, which will continue for the next 5 or so billion years, long after the Human race has followed the Dinosaurs in the fossil record, on what remains of this planet once our Sun expands into a Red Giant.
      I and many others do disagree most profoundly, that human emitted CO2 is the root cause of this period of modern global warming. The fact is this period of warming is lower in average temperature than the previous Five Solar Warm Periods. The AGW science, if you can call it science, is NOT settled.

    • No, they’re not worried about the dams breaking. If the dam is “full” there is no way to prevent or reduce downstream flooding in the event of a major rainfall (or snowmelt) event.

    • I was wondering that myself. Doesn’t Lake Mead depend upon water from the Rockies in Colorado? If so I hear they’ve had more snow, but how much I don’t know.

        • Thank you Merlynne,
          I have been trying to find it for myself but I can’t get the search-terms right!



      • Merlynne, the source I use is and usually they have a little graph outlining the rise and fall of lake surface levels but it appears that the jpgraph function is currently not operating correctly. This has been ongoing for some time now. The important take-away is the actual readings and one can see how the current date readings compare to the levels from the past 10 years.

        Lake Mead is at 1075.64 feet elevation, or 143.96 feet below full pool (37.3% full) for today. The huge run-off from 2010-11 that had done a nice job filling Lake Powell further upstream was released to fill Lake Mead as much as possible because both California and Las Vegas are reliant on that reservoir, not Lake Powell. Southern California has been allowed to grow in population without respect to how or where its water to sustain it will come from. That’s why they’re so freaking out over the drought; Las Vegas could easily turn into a ghost town in a matter of years if the drought continues.

  3. Too bad California doesn’t have just 6 million people. That’s enough water for less than 2 months.

    • Great point. The only drought caused by mankind is certain mankind’s encouraging (with welfare checks, free everything) millions and millions of people to move into an area which experiences frequent droughts.

      California needs a lot more reservoirs. As is stands now, most of the water is washed away to the ocean.

  4. With all the mega snow this year in many places, when the thaw comes do you think there will be a lot of flooding in the USA and Canada.

    • I believe the sierra club performed a study to see if it was viable to support a cause for returning the sierra mtns back to pre European settler conditions and they found that it was colder drier and less green therefore not a money pot for lawyers.

  5. biggest pity is they didnt dredge n clean out the areas while the water was at peak incoming +silt etc just adds to it.
    isnt that lake a receiver of the toxic exgoldmine EPA screwup?
    be interesting to see whats IN the water chem wise.

  6. Mexico, March 10, 2016. Historic snowfall in the Santuarios fells thousands of trees and threatens Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve sanctuary.
    Olivia Tirado / La Voz de Michoacan, March 10, 2016
    Ocampo, Michoacan Historic snow covered part of monarch butterflies; this is due to the presence of the eleventh winter storm and cold front 45, thus also part of the Oriente region dressed in white. It is believed that a percentage of the monarch butterflies can die because of a snow covered 5 to 10 percent of Lepidoptera. “Also this Wednesday as strong gusts of wind, fell hundreds or thousands of trees in the core area and buffer zone. Thursday we woke up with snow and a fraction of the butterfly, entombed. Environmental authorities have not been submitted and urges them to do so, it is necessary to remove fallen trees to avoid a tragedy like the February 2010 “; said Homero Gomez Gonzalez, curating of El Rosario.
    Snow began to fall in the surrounding towns to shrines Butterfly El Rosario and Sierra Chincua, after one o’clock and ended up as the 6. “It was past 9 and still briseaba. Ocampo in communities like El Asoleadero, El Rosario and Cerro Prieto, ice thickness reached 15 or 20 centimeters, affecting as 10 thousand. In the sanctuary El Rosario, it was 25 to 35 centimeters. This snow is historic, because it had not given in 3 decades. The last recorded was on January de1996, the snow was only about 20 centimeters in the area of ​​the monarch butterfly, “he said Homero Gomez.
    Guests are not allowed to see the monarch.
    At present there are no visitors in El Rosario, because cars can not climb, as the road is very thick snow and skate. “Also we can not let people go up to see the monarch, since the area of ​​the Reserve (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve) are thousands of trees felled by strong wind was recorded yesterday, all day.

  7. Surprise snow in the semidesert. Mexico, March 11, 2016
    Two-thirds of the state territory were covered by snowfall between Tuesday and Thursday. In fact, the precipitation as snow came to places where you are considered atypical, as Mapimí and Cuencamé predominantly arid regions.
    In the case of Cuencamé, for example, from 7:50 pm on Thursday, it began to snow, a situation not seen since just over 18 years ago, it was given the December 12, 1997.
    In total, there were 25 municipalities that recorded the authorities with falling snow and sleet, a circumstance that led to various contingencies, while white balance is reported in terms of human lives.
    And on Thursday, again, preventive highway closures were recorded in both the roads linking Durango and Mazatlan, as on the road to Santiago Papasquiaro. Even very slow transit routes reported by Gomez Palacio, which in some sections are completely covered with snow.
    In the early hours of Thursday it was again closed to traffic in both the free road and the Durango-Mazatlan highway, which caused about 300 people stranding.
    This was also true in auxiliary roads and dirt roads Guanacevi, San Dimas, Pueblo Nuevo, Santiago Papasquiaro, Tepehuanes, Tamazula, Otáez, Durango, Canatlan, Nuevo Ideal, Coneto de Comonfort, San Juan del Rio, White Rock, Guadalupe Victoria, Mezquital, Poanas, Nombre de Dios, Panuco de Coronado, Rodeo, Canelas, Topia, Súchil, Cuencamé, Mapimí and Hidalgo, which is the complete list of municipalities with snow.
    In response, the government plans to apply for Emergency Declaration for 21 municipalities.
    In the municipalities of Guanacevi, Tepehuanes, Pueblo Nuevo, San Dimas and Santiago Papasquiaro, and worries the authorities too much snow on roofs of low-income housing because they can collapse after weakening the structure, especially on flat roofs.
    In addition, the suspension of classes not limited to the basic level, as most institutions of higher and middle level were added to the measure, after the Ministry of Education in the State announced the same for preschool, primary and secondary . That measure, however, concluded last night as the Education Ministry today confirmed that the activities are resumed.
    In the case of the workplace, the delegate of the Ministry of Labor confirmed absenteeism in several companies.
    In some maquiladoras, for example, he did not go to work until 20 percent of the workforce, something that was reflected in the capital.
    According to the director of the State Civil Protection Unit (UEPC), Arturo Galindo Cabada despite weather conditions that occur in the state, no deaths from hypothermia or carbon monoxide poisoning.
    flights suspended
    Guadalupe Victoria International Airport (AIGV) closed its runway at 9:00 am by falling snow and crystallization of the track, which caused the cancellation of five starts and five arrivals.
    From morning through the website of OMAeropuertos, closure of airport operations indicated so that the flight is supposed to come at 9:35 hours from Monterrey was diverted to Mazatlan announced; It was not canceled because it was already in the air when the closure was announced track.
    From then until 13:40 hours the airport remained closed, causing five outputs, four of them to Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta and over, were canceled on the route.
    The last flight was canceled departure at 13:10 hours, United Airlines, bound for Mexico City.
    As for arrivals, the aforementioned from Monterrey and the TAR line it was diverted to the city of Mazatlan and four arrive from Mexico City others were canceled, including one of Air France and one Copa Airlines, one over the last Aeromar and Aeromexico.
    The flight landed at the airport and was the 2430, Aeromexico from Mexico City, and did so in time, at 13:55 hours.
    Northwest newspaper
    It will improve the climate in the state

    Although without the probability for the occurrence of precipitation, even for Friday morning the temperature record of intense cold, ice, in areas of Valles and Llanos is predicted, while the afternoon was an improvement contemplated weather conditions, with increased thermal values ​​in virtually all state and with greater emphasis for Saturday and Sunday.
    After informing the foregoing, the meteorologist Florencio Rodriguez Loera, the Meteorological Observatory Durango, said that the minimum temperatures portend in the mountainous region will be 10.0 degrees below zero in the morning and maximum temperatures could range between 16 and 17 degrees Celsius .
    On atmospheric conditions that are displayed for the area of ​​Quebradas, it said that the morning temperature values ​​could be positioned between 16 and 17 degrees Celsius, while the afternoon is expected that the mercury reads temperatures just above 30 degrees Celsius .
    Asked about whether there is a chance for rain register, he said discarded, while explaining that no longer expect effects of what was the winter storm and cold fronts 44, 45 and 46, and a jet stream and humidity.

  8. Heavy snowfall disturbs routine life in Northern parts of Spain
    Friday, 11 March, 2016
    MADRID: Northern areas of Spain were in the grip of strong snowfall, due to which routine life in Spain has been disrupted, while the authorities have released storm alert in 30 provinces.
    According to details, Spanish areas Basque and Mario Island were severely affected due to snowfall. Traffic flow is badly affected due to snow covered roads. Citizens had to face serious difficulties in Vitoria city as well, while local Parliament members had to face serious problems in reaching the House. Authorities have issued rain and snowfall warning in 30 provinces.
    Today forwards the snowstorm in areas of peninsular northern half after seven consecutive days of snowfall, especially in mountainous areas, where they reached reached up to 35 centimeters thick, although several times it snowed at lower levels.
    The storm came on the afternoon of Friday last week, with the arrival of a mass of cold air from the north of the planet resulting in an episode of persistent snowfall in the Cantabrian Mountains, Pyrenees and the northern part of the Iberian, although with less intensity spread to the Central System, the south of the Iberian, Béticos systems and relatively low in the northern third peninsular areas.

  9. The same thing happens in the UK on a much smaller scale. We had a huge drought in the SE in 1975 – 1976, which was followed by non-stop rain for about 6 months. From water restrictions to full reservoirs in one winter.

    The same happened last summer – we had drought from mid March to mid August. Since then, we’ve had huge amounts of rain.

    I saw similar happen in Scotland and NW England at times in between: there does seem to be some Newtonian style ‘for every drought there is an equal and opposite anti-drought’ in operation…….

    Course, in some places that doesn’t happen and you get the Sahara. Apparently, that had some seriously fertile bits during the Ice Age……

  10. yes humans are extremely narrow minded with a very short memory. Natural cycles are always typical – and always will be. Humans seem to forget things too quickly when you have a strange year. Many have already forgotten what happened last February 2015 how cold it was in the East – or forgot about the record setting snows we had in the Sierra’s in 2010/2011. They need to look at records and do more homework before jumping to conclusions. This is were this site comes in!!

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