UPDATED 10:30 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday: The last leg from Canyon Lake to Lake Elsinore showed a surge of water earlier this morning almost 90 cfs, see chart. (With 3600 seconds in an hour, it gives you an idea of how much water could flow down the San Jacinto). And if the dam keeper holds to form, the lake level upstream may be lowered more (water released) in advance of Tuesday’s forecast storm.

SATURDAY: Los Angeles up to Santa Barbara County got the heavier rain–and some say, surprisingly heavier amounts–but the “cells” that hit parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties still got the streams flowing.

From the Hemet/San Jacinto watershed, that means the San Jacinto River was reloading and along with the not-so-little Salt Creek–were refilling Canyon Lake. The result: the 500 acre reservoir will soon be spilling again towards Lake Elsinore downstream.

Those that take Newport Road back and forth to Diamond Valley Lake know Salt Creek as a wide, flat ditch that crosses the road near the storage units about three quarters of a mile east of Canyon Lake. Most of the time it looks like little more than a pasture, but this year high flows have blocked the road on a couple of occasions.

The USGS chart shows the flow progression on Saturday after lunch, and the 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) is more than double the Kern River in the late fall, as a comparison.

Monday the water districts will update official lake levels, but just a drive around the home water  showed many of my marks are close to disappearing–and the brush lines are mysteriously moving farther away from the east bank.

All this means is DVL will remain the diamond in the area; but Lake Elsinore could be a very nice cubic zirconia.


3 Responses to “Weekend rains will sweeten Lake Elsinore”

by Robert Schneider

Fill-er-up ding ding.

Now what about those bass they were going to plant?

Any news on Hodges?

by George Kramer

Questions, questions. San Diego will have a number for us Monday morning. Planter bass? I’m sure there will be some more ‘discussion’ on the matter. 🙂

Hodges did not change a lot: sits at 12 1/2 feet below the spillway and the city is rating the launching as “good.” Otay is about 14 1/2 feet from spill, holding from the week before when it came up about two feet.