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Dr. Bateson’s Weather Corner: Dismal Outlook at Eagle Lake

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Dr. Bateson's photo of the boat launch at Spalding Tract taken this week at Eagle Lake.

Dr. Bateson’s photo of the boat launch at Spalding Tract taken this week at Eagle Lake.

The drought in northeastern California continues and Dr. Owen Bateson, Susanville’s meteorological expert, says that by summer’s end Eagle Lake could see its lowest water level since the 1930’s.

Bateson measured the lake level at 5093.3 on Saturday, just 2.1 feet higher than the record recorded low in the 1930’s.

“On average,” explains Bateson, “the lake drops 2.07 feet from its high in the spring to its low in late fall. I have seen the lake drop over 3 feet in one year, so this year may break the all time low record – unfortunately”

If drought conditions continue through the summer Eagle Lake can easily drop below the historic low level seen in the 1930's.

If drought conditions continue through the summer Eagle Lake can easily drop below the historic low level seen in the 1930’s.

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