Lake Fills Up

The Atascadero Lake filled up over rain and shine his week (photos by Camas Frank).

More rain in the forecast early for March

ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero is calling their lake full for the season after a marathon of storms filled reservoirs across the region splashing in a wet 2019.

The City has been pumping water into Atascadero Lake rain or shine to reach its current level and it shows.

A pleasant break in the weather on Presidents Day saw the Portella Road path’s usual dog walkers out in force with visitors toting cameras to the edge of the reflective blue water.

A note from the City Manager’s office confirmed that the lake is, “expected to be officially full this week whether or not we have rain. If it overflows, it will run off into the [Atascadero Creek],” which would be the big show under the pedestrian bridge near the Park’s new playground structure.

The official maximum volume of the lake is 68,100,000 gallons, covering 30.5 acres and 13 feet at its deepest point.

“There’s no question it’s unseasonably cold right now,” noted PG&E’s resident weatherman at Diablo Canyon, John Lindsey, who’d just seen the lake for himself, he added that was likely to change some as “an atmospheric river” of tropical air was forecast to bring with it a very wet start to March, the bulk coming down March 2-3. Until then, the region is expected to get a break from the rain.

We may be in a new calendar year, but the rain season runs from July 1 through June 30, he added so the gauge’s data he collated for the Central Coast shows the region at more than 130 percent of average rainfall already.
Before rainfall totals from Wednesday were added, the Atascadero Mutual Water Company’s running total showed 19.46 inches for rainfall total since the first .16 of an inch fell on Oct. 4. The more than eight inches in February were enough to tip the scale over the average for the season.

Lindsey pointed out other notable statistics for the region, with Nacimiento Lake going from 17 percent of capacity in January to 61 percent of capacity as of Feb. 15.

Santa Margarita Lake, higher up in the watershed, filled up before Atascadero with all the excess heading toward the Salinas River.

Lindsey recommended readers with an interest seek out where weather stations under the County auspices maintain live data feeds. For contrast to the North County, Lopez Lake to the south, and in another watershed was still just under half of capacity.

The National Weather Service reports that the San Francisco Bay Area has received 74 percent of its annual normal rainfall so far while California as a whole has seen an unfathomable 18 trillion gallons fall.


The Atascadero Lake filled up over rain and shine his week (photos by Camas Frank).

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