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Lake levels remain low in spite of recent rains
by Gary Kent
Jul 22, 2012 | 1084 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORPUS CHRISTI — Recent rains have had yet to have a great effect on lake levels for the Coastal Bend region.

According to a report from the City of Corpus Christi, 4.83 inches of rain have fallen on the Choke Canyon Reservoir so far this month, but the lake is still not at the level it was this time last year.

On July 17, 2011, the lake was at 211.7 feet above sea level and was at 70.2 percent of capacity.

On the 17th of this month, the lake was at only 206.8 feet above sea level and 56.2 percent of capacity.

Lake Corpus had not fared as well.

The report showed that only 1.87 inches of rain had fallen on the lake by July 17. The lake was at 79.6 feet above sea level and at only 22.6 percent of capacity.

This time last year, Lake Corpus Christi was at 87.9 feet and was 59.4 percent full.

Some weather experts have predicted that the La Niña weather phenomenon that has caused the drought in the Southwest and Midwest United States would change this month to an El Niño effect.

That usually brings wetter weather to those areas of the country.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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