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Tahoe is brimming, nearly full for the first time in 11 years, and stunningly beautiful in all its blue-water glory.
The above gallery of images taken over the past month are ample proof.
Point - Lot - Work - Mother - Nature
Getting to this point took a lot of hard work on Mother Nature's part.
It started with a powerful and unrelenting series of blizzard blasts that coated the Northern Sierra this winter. Storms buried the Lake Tahoe area in snow, crippling transportation, shuttering ski resorts, knocking out power and disrupting the daily lives of thousands, as SFGATE reported previously.
Weeks - January - Region - Winter - Worth
In the first three weeks of January alone, the region received nearly a full winter's worth of snow. Then came February, and the Sierra Nevada was slammed yet again with moisture-packed chains of storms fueled by weather systems known as atmospheric rivers or the "Pineapple Express."
By winter's end, the Sierra snowpack was among the largest in recorded history.
Weather - Hit - Snow - Water - Mountainsides
And then the hot weather hit, the snow began to melt, sending water pouring down the mountainsides into the lake.
When the first heat wave of the season hit in mid-June, more than 12 billion gallons of water flowed into the lake in a single week. Between June 16-23, the lake level rose four inches.
Lake - Tahoe - Drought - Look - Looks
Lake Tahoe has been looking pretty full lately, but do you remember what it looked like during the drought? Take a look at just how different the lake looks now.
That rise occurred despite increased evaporation rates from the lake's surface due to the intense heat. What's more, water managers have been releasing water from the lake into the Truckee River throughout the summer to make room for snowmelt runoff.
US - District - Court - Water - Master
"It's not typical to spill at all," says U.S. District Court Water Master Chad Blanchard. "It's only on the...
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