Thanks to this week’s heavy rains, Duke Energy has again released an alert regarding our high water levels. Here is the Alert:
Duke Energy just released the warning below with an update and caution due to yet another storm that arrived today. Due to our unusually high amounts of rain and snow, our Lake Norman water levels have been unusually high this past month. 100′ is full pond so at 98.6 we have some wiggle room but based upon the Duke Energy warning below, we can expect increasing lake water levels for the next few days at least. To get an idea of what it looks like when Lake Norman is a “full pond” I took this photo a few years ago when it was at full pond and as you can see even the dock is slightly under water!
Here is the official update from Duke Energy from today, January 5th.
Our Lake Norman area as well as most of western North Carolina experienced a summer of higher than normal temperatures and lower than average rainfall. The result is a drop in our lake levels a Stage 1 drought condition declared by Duke Energy which limits the use of lake water for irrigation. Here is the latest update from Duke Energy’s’ Website:
As of 11/10/2016 at 09:37AM
If you want to keep up with this or want to check Lake Norman’s lake levels just go to the Duke Energy website. Hopefully we will get some rain soon!
Wow, Lake Norman’s drought is over thanks to a series of large storms that are still hammering the east coast. Our lake levels were as low as 93.6′ at the peak of the drought in late summer. The photo below was taken on September 9, 2015
Isn’t it reassuring to know that Duke Energy, who controls Lake Norman’s water levels, has a well designed plan which is monitored daily? I took this photo today while showing waterfront properties because you can clearly see the different colors of the shoreline riprap which mark the high, medium and lowest lake levels. The orangish layer closest to the water is under water most of the year. Looking at this, newcomers might think that the lake is abnormally low right now which is true. However, if all goes as planned February should have the lowest water levels of the year according to Duke Energy. In fact, today, at 95.7, we are actually a foot above our “target” of 94.5. The winter draw down of water levels helps us prepare for the spring runoff from the melting snow in the mountains. Continue reading
**For an update on our 2015 lake levels go to: https://bestrealestatelakenorman.com/caution-lake-norman-water-levels-unusually-low-due-to-drought
If you live on Lake Norman you can’t help but notice that the water levels have lowered fairly suddenly by about 2 feet which is VERY unusual. Well, it turns out, according to an update on 9/11/12 on the Duke Energy website, that:
Duke Energy is operating Lake Norman at or below 96.5 feet to support temporary maintenance work at McGuire Nuclear Station through mid-October. This is lower than our target level for this time of year of 98 feet but is within the normal operating range.