UPDATED 3:15 NEW PHOTOS–The just passed “winter’s over” storm hit a lot harder from San Bernardino up to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, but getting back to watching the gauges in this part of Riverside County, there is another big gain for Lake Elsinore as the terminus of the San Jacinto River.

Upstream, Canyon Lake was running six inches over the spillway on the dam this morning (around 8:15 a.m.) and as you can see my the graph, those flows are still pouring in below at over 200 cubic feet per second.


Yesterday morning’s elevation reading at the natural lake was 1248.72, an increase over the 1248.64 peak on Feb. 28. Now, 24 hours later, it may possibly top 1249, just six vertical feet from the outflow channel and a full nine feet higher than December of 2010.

WEST MARINA, looking southeast

I got a report from the West Marina that the afternoons were giving up some wipers before the storm. With this late storm, however, the marina staff pulled out the rolling docks and are waiting for the lake to level off. Now all we need is the rest of the fish to bite.

INLET CHANNEL, looking northwest...