An El Niño winter snowfall map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted more good news for Lake Mead.After years of drought the lake, located in Nevada and Arizona, reached drastically low levels in the summer of 2022. However, water levels have since started to recover because of above-average precipitation and snowpack that melted throughout this year. As of Wednesday afternoon, its levels were at 1,065 feet, 20 feet higher than this time last year.
The warm phase often leads to drier conditions in the north and wetter conditions in the south.The map showed that western states like eastern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona received higher than average snowfall, with some areas receiving up to 10 inches more than normal.The snowfall could make a big difference in Lake Mead’s water levels.
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