Lake Powell water levels rise, but drought concerns remain

Lake Powell water levels rise, offering relief but drought concerns remain amid looming heatwave.
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  • Lake Powell water level up 2.45 feet from last year.
  • Reservoir at its highest point for the water year.
  • Despite improvement, Lake Powell remains 112.98 feet below full pool.
  • Weather forecast predicts extreme heat, potentially exacerbating drought conditions.

July 8, 2024 –– Lake Powell’s water level has risen 2.45 feet compared to last year, reaching its highest point for the water year. However, despite this improvement, the reservoir remains 112.98 feet below full pool. As of July 6, 2024, Lake Powell is at 40.57% of its total capacity.

This increase in water level comes amid ongoing drought concerns across the Western U.S. While some areas in the south have seen slight improvement due to increased moisture, the overall trend is drying conditions. A prolonged period of below-average precipitation and above-average temperatures has worsened the drought, particularly in the Great Basin.

U.S. Drought Monitor Map of the West released July 3, 2024
The U.S. Drought Monitor map of the western U.S.Opens in a new tab. was released July 3, 2024.

Upcoming Weather Forecasts.

The weather forecast published on the U.S. Drought MonitorOpens in a new tab. predicts an intense heatwave across the western U.S., including the Lake Powell region. This could lead to record-breaking temperatures, further exacerbating drought conditions and straining water resources. The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat WarningsOpens in a new tab. for parts of southern Utah, including Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where Lake Powell is located.

 The Climate Prediction CenterOpens in a new tab.‘s 6-10 day outlook suggests continuing hot and dry weather patterns.

Top Image:

Lake Powell Opens in a new tab.is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States.  It is the 2nd largest reservoir in the United States. Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand, in October 2007.  Licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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