Basin soaked; more
Charles McCarthy and his 8-year-old
daughter, Comfrey McCarthy, make their way
across a slushy Main Street in Klamath
Falls this morning. The McCarthys, who are
from San Francisco, were in the Klamath
Basin to view bald eagles.
By DYLAN DARLING
fields look good to Dave Solem, manager of the
Klamath Irrigation District.
better, as long as we are in this pattern and
getting snow," he said.
fields in February don't guarantee water for
sprinklers in the summer. Upper Klamath Lake
is still low for this time of year, and its
waters must be divided among suckers and
salmon, irrigators and national wildlife
Lesley, Klamath Reclamation Project chief of
land and operations, welcomes the storm
system, he does so cautiously.
"One storm does
not a full lake make," he said Monday. "It's
nice to get some wet weather, but the lake is
not showing a real strong response to it yet."
Field weather station reported 0.68 inch of
precipitation Monday, but the lake level
didn't go up much.
Monday the lake
was at an elevation of 4,140.72 feet above sea
level. At full pool the lake is at 4,143.3.
Lesley said the
lake gained 0.04 of a foot Monday, up just a
smidgen from the about 0.03 of a foot per day
the lake had been gaining lately.
But the storm is
adding to the snowpack.
Crater Lake got
23 inches of new snow Monday, according to the
National Weather Service. The snow brought a 5
percent rise to the mountain snowpack, pushing
it from 125 percent of average Monday to 130
The wet and
relatively warm system that brought the rain
and snow had tinges of a "Pineapple Express,"
or a moisture-laden storm system that starts
in the Hawaiian Islands, said Ryan Sandler,
meteorologist at the Weather Service's Medford
After today, a
series of weak storm systems should come into
the Basin. Sandler said they'll bring
moisture, but not as much as Monday's storm.
"There is no
system like this one in the near term," he
there is a 70 percent chance of rain and snow,
with the snow level at 4,500 feet. Rain and
snow showers are expected to linger in the
Basin throughout the week.
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