Last week, Lake Altus-Lugert rose to the level of 1554 feet, lacking just five feet from being full. It has been a long time since the lake has been this full in the month of January. Even in 2008 we lacked 7 feet of water that January. 1998 was the last year we had more water-that year Lake Altus-Lugert was actually FULL (elevation of 1559) in January.
In comparison, last year the lake was down more than 32 feet. What a difference a year makes – “down 32 feet” equals a lake nine percent full. Currently Lake Altus-Lugert is 80 percent full. With sleet from our Christmas storm still melting there is a wee bit of in-flow occurring every hour.
The Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for February through April is for “above average precipitation” and “below average temperatures”. The April through June long range forecast has “normal temperatures” and “above average precipitation.”
We could have a full lake from Memorial Day to Independence Day – IF these forecasts turn into fact. We’ll have to wait and see.
Reach Sue Hokanson at firstname.lastname@example.org