We just had another brief storm blow through our Lake Norman area bringing about .10 inches of rain. Every time I even see clouds in the forecast for anywhere near Lake Norman I get excited!
Despite predictions of a dryer than normal winter, our wonderful Lake Norman area as well as the Piedmont area of North Carolina and west have had quite a bit of rain in the past few weeks.
I just visited the Duke-Energy website to check the lake levels. As of today, Lake Norman’s level is at 94.4 with a target level of 94.2! Most of the lakes in our Catawba River series are at normal levels.
Here is the latest update directly from Duke-Energy:
February 6, 2008
“Recent rain is improving conditions across the Catawba-Wateree River basin. Lake levels are rising and more boat ramps have been reopened. Although the water supply in the basin is slowly recovering, it remains in Stage 3 drought condition with mandatory water restrictions in place.
Due to the recent rain and continued conservation, Duke Energy anticipates that tougher water restrictions will not be needed before August 2008. Duke previously had estimated Stage 4 drought condition triggers could be met this month. Stage 4 would place even further restrictions on water use, if reached.
In order to return to Stage 2 conditions, stream flow, U.S. Drought Monitor and groundwater indicators must all be at or above their Stage 2 trigger points.
More rainfall and continued conservation will help return our area to normal conditions.”
While we aren’t out of the woods yet, boat ramps are opening and the sand bars a disappearing! For updates go to: Duke-Energy.