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Forecasters predict chance of rain this week; US Drought Monitor puts Lake County in 'exceptional' drought category

Forecasters predict chance of rain this week; US Drought Monitor puts Lake County in 'exceptional' drought category

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – As Clear Lake's level continues to drop, forecasters are predicting the possibility of rain later this week.

The National Weather Service is reporting that a cool low pressure system from the eastern Pacific may bring with it showers to parts of the county on Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters are putting the chance of midweek showers at up to 30 percent for most of the county Wednesday, decreasing slightly on Thursday. The forecast also includes light winds.

Upper Lake has a 40-percent chance of showers on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

Lake County and the rest of Northern California is slipping deeper into drought.

Clear Lake on Monday night was at -0.31 on the Rumsey gauge, the unique measure used for the lake. A full lake is 7.56 feet on the Rumsey gauge.

According to Lake County Water Resource records, Clear Lake hasn't been at a negative level since the 1977 drought.

The US Drought Monitor's latest summary puts most of California – including Lake County – into the “exceptional” drought category, its most severe level of intensity. Lake County previously had been in the “extreme” drought category.

Because the drought doesn't appear to be letting up, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider another extension to the drought emergency it first declared in March.

Email Elizabeth Larson at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.


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