UPDATE: Wed 28 Sep 2011: Lowest since 1978
Lake Texoma's level dropped to 609.95 at 4p.m. on Wednesday, September 28. This is the lowest level on the big lake since 1978, or 33 years ago.
The lake level has dropped a total of more than six feet since late May with no significant rainfall expected through October 6th.
BULLETIN: Lake Texoma is at its lowest level since 1979.
The lake reached this benchmark on Wednesday, September 7 when it dropped to 610.56’ above sea level, bringing it to the lowest level in 32 years.
Lake Texoma dropped about 1/2 inch per day in June and July and fell about an inch per day from early August to September 5th. This doesn’t sound like much, but the lake has shed more than five feet since its peak of the year on June 5th, and dropped 2 feet in August alone.
Levels were falling more slowly since Sep. 5th as power generation has been discontinued for the time being. Losses through evaporation and draw-down from local water use will continue.
Some other Lake Texoma statistics:
The table below documents the lake’s decline since the spring rains ended:
||30-day change (feet)|
|June 1|| 615.98
**maximum observed level in 2011.
Special thanks to Tom McGrath and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Denison Dam for providing updated, more complete water level records.