Christmas rains give slight boost to drought-parched Thurmond Lake

3-foot rise of lake level forecast by mid-March

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 10:16 AM
Last updated 11:07 PM
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A brief but well-placed series of rain showers this week created a slight rise in drought-parched Thurmond Lake.

Friday’s pool of 315.26 feet above sea level was the highest recorded since Dec. 2, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The lake’s full pool is 330 feet above sea level, but the reservoir has been in decline most of the year.

The Dec. 2 level of 315.47 fell as low as 314.43 on Dec. 10 and rose past 315 again only on Thursday and Friday.

Rain gauges along the lake show December produced 4.83 inches of rainfall, exceeding the average December precipitation level of 3.85 inches.

The recent precipitation also spawned more optimistic projections from the corps, which has forecast a 3-foot rise in Thurmond Lake – to about 317 feet above sea level – by early March.

Elsewhere in the Savannah River Basin, several fronts that brought Christmas week rain to the area helped some of South Carolina’s most drought-stricken counties.

According to The State newspaper, the highest
totals were in the 12 counties considered in severe drought status – Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/28/12 - 12:00 pm
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The wetness of the soil is a

The wetness of the soil is a factor in how much the lake rises after rain. If the ground is saturated, one inch can cause a dramatic increase. If it's dry 3 inches don't affect it much.

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MarinerMan 12/28/12 - 02:19 pm
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Lanier Could Use Some This, Too
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Drove over Lake Lanier yesterday @ GA400. Lanier could use some of this water as well. Looking out over the bridge, all you could see were four or five foot tree trunks sticking up, where water use to be. Not sure the power generated @ the Dam, is worth it.

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gargoyle 12/28/12 - 06:48 pm
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Water for Atlanta is the

Water for Atlanta is the primary reason for Lanier being so low. Atlanta leaders are in court right now asking for more water from the lake

giwi
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giwi 12/29/12 - 12:31 am
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Still no water

Still no water at my dock!!!!!!!!!!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/29/12 - 10:09 am
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We can't say Thank Heaven?
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The PC judges will come out. The truth is after all, the rain falls on the just and unjust. Aren't we glad? The Hammond Ferry area is enjoying the rain. Beautiful but saturated. But a different type of saturation from across the Savannah. The levee seems to be containing the ignorant. LOL LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/29/12 - 10:11 am
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Plenty of water at the docks beside
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the Savannah at Hwy 28 in SC. You do not have to jump into the river. You just walk in to the river.

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