LOW LAKE LEVEL

LOW LAKE LEVEL

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:48 am

LOW LAKE LEVEL
LOW LAKE LEVEL — Patricia Callicott caught this image of stumps sticking up from the waters of Reelfoot Lake during a crappie fishing trip on the Lower Blue Basin with her husband, Lanny, last week. The Callicotts report it’s one of the lowest levels they’ve seen on the lake. On Monday, the United States Geological Survey recorded the lake level at 10.31 feet. Since records have been kept in the 1040s, it’s within one foot of the lowest ever recorded on Nov. 20-21, 1953, at 9.30 feet. During a drawdown on July 6-8, 1985, the lake level was recorded at 9.59 feet. The highest recorded levels were during the January 1937 flood, when the lake was 17 feet, and on April 26, 1973, at 15.65 feet. The weather forecast for this week calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and tonight, with a slight chance on Wednesday. The sun is expected to return on Thursday. Union City last recorded rainfall on Sept. 26, when only .03 inches was recorded. Rainfall for the year, at 29.15 inches, is more than 20 inches below levels from last year at this time, when 50.89 inches had been recorded. (See Wednesday’s edition for a story about the lake’s low level.)

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