Tuesday January 16, 2024

Redding Record Searchlight

Lake Shasta, California’s largest reservoir, stands at 113% of the historical average and only 52 feet from being full, thanks to the gift of rain the state is receiving so far this winter.

The area received about 1.8 inches of rain last Friday and Saturday, National Weather Service data for the Redding Regional Airport showed.

As of Monday, the lake was at over 1,015 feet of elevation above sea level, which places it 52 feet from its brim, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

The lake is 41 feet higher than it was a year ago when it was at 82% of the historical average and at 974 feet of elevation above sea level.

The lake holds 4.5 million acre-feet of water and is a keystone in the Central Valley Project, supplying water to millions of acres of California farmland.

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