Last Thursday’s rain brought about 2.2 inches to Altus, 2.03 to Mangum and 1.70 inches to Hobart. Lake Altus-Lugert received about one inches of rain at the dam. Rain was heavier in the watershed between Amarillo and Erick. Rainfall ranged from 3 to 5 inches in this area.
A lot soaked in but stream flow was increased and the lake level rose 0.23 feet or 2.74 inches which doesn’t sound like a lot until you convert that into acre feet (1069) or gallons (348,335,175)!
Yes the lake is on the rise, it is now up to 61% full (or down 9.62 feet). It has been a very long time since we were above 60% on Nov. 1 – all the way back to 2007. If the long range forecasts are correct, we are in for a very strong el Nino effect. October to December during el Nino years are generally warmer and wetter. December through February are also forecasted to be generally wetter however temperatures are to be near normal. Again from February through April it should be wetter than normal but temperatures dip below normal for the spring season. All that forecasted precipitation should bring Lake Altus-Lugert very close to full for the 2016 camping season.
Oct. 31: Quartz Mountain Grocery Store closes for the season
Nov. 1: Eagle’s Roost ATV Area closed to vehicles.
Nov. 1: North Shore cClosed to camping
Nov. 2: River Road bathrooms close for winter
Nov. 7: Shawn Lobaugh Benefit Golf Scramble at QM Golf Course details at (580) 471-7491
Nov. 14: Southwest Opry show time is 7 to 9 p.m. For tickets call (580) 563-2424
Reach Sue Hokanson at the Quartz Mountain Nature Park