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How Much Have Lakes Increased Because of the Rain? Not as much as you would think.

By Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry
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This July rain has really been wonderful.  The cooler temperatures were such a break from the typical July Texas heat.  But it was the rain that was really important.

Many asked how did the area lakes respond to this rain.  I looked at the numbers and have the information below.

Here are the current lake levels.  The numbers you see on the maps below are in feet.  For example:  Lake Lewisville is down 5.6 feet. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO MAKE THEM LARGER)

CSV_Lake LevelsACSV_Lake Levels

Of all these lakes only 9 saw an increase in levels thanks to the rain.


Lake Cisco in Eastland County about 100 miles west of DFW saw an incredible rise of 13 feet!  In this area, 8 to 11 inches of rain fell over the past several days.



Here is the complete list of lakes in North Texas.  The middle column is the change over the past week.  That number is in inches.  Surprisingly, many lakes dropped a inch or more despite the rainfall.  That is a sign of usage and also evaporation. (Click on the image to make it easier to read)

Lake Levels