Winter Brings Lower Lake Levels

It might sound a bit premature to start talking about lake levels this early in the year, but many of you may be thinking ahead to when lake levels start rising. Since we are still in the middle of winter it should be noted that they aren’t going to be rising any time soon. However, with the coming spring and the warmer temperatures we may begin to see lake levels returning.

In the scheme of things, lake levels tend to draw down due to colder temperatures and the lack of rain seen in the last few months of the year. But with the coming winter and area snow fall, eventually this will empty into lakes and streams slowly but surely bringing the levels up.

Lake levels will also begin rising with the coming spring when we have a greater chance for rain across the area. Again this rain will be collected and add to the overall lake levels across our area. Levels around area lakes are already beginning to rise as levels tend to be trending over normal projections already this time of the year. This is most likely due to the rain and winter weather events that we have seen in the area over the past few weeks.

TVA explains that all of these factors come together to get the lake ready for summer fun later on in the year. Lake goers should expect full pool, or the highest lake levels, around the end of spring into early summer just in time for everyone to head out on the lake and have some fun. So, if winter has you down, just remember that summer is on its way.

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

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