Saturday, December 22, 2007

Quick Lake Update

Elephant Butte Lake is at elevation 4,330.76 feet above benchmark elevation, with 392,072 acre feet of water. It is up 6 inches in 71 hours and up 6.38' feet and 68,772 acre feet since the October 25 low-water point. Pass to the west side of Rattlesnake Island with caution; maximum depth is about 5 feet but dangerous shoals exist. Long Point will likely become an island again sometime during February.

Heron Lake is at elevation 7,146.77', with 206,377 acre feet of water. It is down 9 inches in 71 hours and down 4.53 feet and 18,734 acre feet since October 25, as water contractors continue to withdraw their allocation.

The Arizona Fish and Wildlife commission has confirmed the presence of invasive quagga mussels in Lake Pleasant, Arizona; see post below.

More winter weather is expected in New Mexico. Elephant Butte will probably see some wind as well as a moderate chance of rain or snow on Christmas Day. Daily highs will approach 50F during the next week, with lows around 20F. Heron Lake has a good chance of snow on Tuesday and a moderate chance of snow on Thursday night. During the next week, daily high temperatures will be lucky to reach the freezing mark, with nightly lows approaching 0F at times.


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