Since Lake Mead was formed behind the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, the water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.
The extended drought has taken its toll, with the lake elevation dropping to 1081.85 feet. This was the lowest level since being filled. Since Wednesday the lake level has risen 0.02 feet.
It is interested to note in the chart above that all of the top 10 lowest levels have occurred since 2010. Over the last 15 years, lake levels have dropped an amazing 130 feet. The low levels are creating some changes in the status and location of boat ramps. Also, landmarks that that have once been buried below feet of water are now visible.
Though lake levels always drop in the summer months, the dropoff this year has been pretty dramatic. It is likely that even this record will be broken.
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Parts of Southern California are likely to have temperatures near 90 degrees again by Monday and Tuesday.
A prolonged rain-free pattern is setting in.
By this time in 1998 there was twice as much rain that had occurred to date compared to 2015-2016.
Could an unusual El Nino precipitation pattern be as simple as looking at the state of water temperatures?
One thing that I find interesting is that the pattern since fall has not been your typical El Nino storm pattern.
There are signs of a possible stormier pattern beginning the week of Jan. 18.