April Showers Bring Higher May Lake Levels

Jeremy Rice

Recent April rainfall in many parts of Texas and Oklahoma has resulted in inflows to lakes and reservoirs, in some cases causing them to spill over. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport recorded 5.56 inches of rainfall in April and has recorded 14.67 inches year to date, compared to normal rainfall of 11.35 inches. With additional rainfall in the forecast for many parts of Texas and Oklahoma, additional inflow may continue to improve lake levels through May before the summer months. Most of the reservoirs east of the I-35 corridor are nearly full, while those in the western portions of the state are rising.

The charts below show the increases in elevation for lakes in Texas and Oklahoma since April 1, 2015 and the map shows percentage of conservation storage (percent full) for reservoirs in Texas.