Freedom — July 28, 2009 — So far most of the summer has been cool and wet. Water level has been at or above plan since May. At times it was a foot or more over plan. In early July the level reached 2.5 feet over plan and did not get back to plan until nine days ago on the 18th.
During this decline the state Dam Authority was concerned that the level would go below plan, so they did a partial closure of the dam on July 13, 15 and 17. Then the rain returned and they did a partial opening on July 21 and then a complete opening of all five-flood gates last Friday for a return to the flow rate of 11 days earlier.
Net result today is that the level came up last Friday and Saturday and is approximately nine inches above plan.
I recorded 2.5” of rain late last week. The big storm we were warned about yesterday did not get this far north. If the rain predicted for this week is light, the level should crest soon and then return to normal early in August.
Because of the high water, wave action and wakes from powerboats there has been much debris floating near shore and a significant decline in water clarity.
As for temperature, the water next to my dock hit 76 late yesterday. This is the highest reading so far this summer. Most readings have been 70–72 degrees.
The bottom line is: “GO JUMP IN THE LAKE.” Winter is not that far away.