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Okanagan Lake levels for 2019: No rise as the 2019 lake level story wraps up

(UPDATE: May 31 @ 6:35 a.m.) - Today is the final day of our Okanagan Lake level coverage and fittingly, there was no change over the past 24 hours.

The lake remains at 342.152 metres, exactly where it sat 24 hours earlier on Thursday morning.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake were measured at 16.3 cubic metres per second this morning.

Thanks for following along this year, we're happy we can wrap this story up with no fears of flooding in the Okanagan.

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(UPDATE: May 30 @ 6:35 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake rose a single centimetre over the past 24 hours.

It now sits at 342.152 metres, still well below the full pool mark of 342.48.

Mission Creek's outflows into Okanagan Lake were measured at 16.7 cubic metres per second this morning.

The 2019 lake level story will wrap up with one final update on Friday.

(UPDATE: May 29 @ 6:35 a.m.) - Over the past 24 hours, Okanagan Lake only rose 0.06 centimetres.

That brings it to 342.142 metres, still well below the full pool mark of 342.48m.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake have been measured at 17.7 cubic metres per second today.

Our 2019 lake level story will wrap up with the final update on Friday morning.

(UPDATE: May 28 @ 6:20 a.m.) - Once again, the level of Okanagan Lake only rose a minimal amount over the past 24 hours.

It's up to 342.136 metres, a small 0.3 centimetre increase over the 342.133m it was measured at on Monday morning.

If we don't see an increase over 1cm this week, our lake level story will wrap up on Friday morning.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake didn't see much change over the last 24 hours and are being measured at 16.7 cubic metres per second this morning.


(UPDATE: 7 a.m.) - Once again, Okanagan Lake only rose a fraction of a centimetre over the past 24 hours.

It's up to 342.133 metres, up from 342.12m on Sunday morning.

Outflows from Mission Creek into the lake have decreased and are now being measured at 16.1 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 26 @ 6.20 a.m.) - There has been a very slight increase in Okanagan Lake's overall levels.

It rose to 342.12 metres overnight, up from 342.11m.

Outflows from Mission Creek into the lake, however, have increased by a larger margin.

They're now at 19.1 metres per second, up from 17.5 overnight.

(UPDATE: May 25 @ 6:20 a.m.) - Once, again, Okanagan Lake has shown little change in level.

In the last 24 hours, it rose 0.02 centimetres, and now sits at 342.11 metres.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake have increased from 16.8 to 17.5 cubic metres per second.

Kelowna's forecast is calling for showers at times today.

(UPDATE: May 24 @ 6:40 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake showed very little change over the past 24 hours.

It rose just 0.06 centimetres and now sits at 342.089 metres, which is still well below the full pool mark.

Significant rainfall over the next 24 hours could help the lake rise, but otherwise it seems we're likely close to peak levels for 2019.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake have increased to 16.8 cubic metres per second.


(UPDATE: May 23 @ 6:30 a.m.) - With plenty of rain in the forecast for the next three days, it could be the final push Okanagan Lake makes before it hits its peak level for 2019.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, which calls for an "extended period of rain showers with a risk of localised flash floods" starting tonight.

For now, the lake sits at 342.089 metres after a minor 0.14 centimetre rise in the past 24 hours.

Mission Creek outflows have risen to 14.4 cubic metres per second and that number will likely get higher with the rain that's on its way.


(UPDATE: May 22 @ 6:35 a.m.) - The lake is rising at a steady, manageable pace and the latest snowpack numbers show even more reason why no flooding is to be expected this year.

The Okanagan snowpack is at 54% of its normal level for this time of year, compared to 126% last year and 151% in 2017.

With the peak of melt season having passed, the River Forecast Centre says "flood risk remains low this season."

Over the past 24 hours, Okanagan Lake only rose a fraction of a centimetre and sits at 342.075 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow levels have decreased again as well and now sit at 13.0 cubic metres per second.

Unless there are drastic changes in the conditions, we will wrap up on lake level story at the end of the week.


(UPDATE: May 21 @ 6:15 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake rose a single centimetre to cap off the long weekend.

The lake now sits at 342.073 metres, well below the full pool mark of 342.48.

Mission Creek's outflow levels decreased again as well and are now being measured at 14.7 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 20 @ 6:20 a.m.) - Overnight showers led to a very minor increase in Monday morning's lake levels.

The lake is at 342.063 metres. Full pool is 342.48 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow levels saw a slight decreasing, dropping from 18 to 17.9 cubic metres.

(UPDATE: May 19 @ 6:20 a.m.) - A slight increase in the lake levels this morning, which is unsurprising after yesterday's showers.

The lake is at 342.056 metres. Full pool is 342.48 metres.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake was 18 cubic metres when measured first thing this morning.

(UPDATE: May 18 @ 7 a.m.) - Not much has changed since yesterday, which is good news for the Okanagan.

The lake level is still sitting at 342.04. The outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake was measured at 20.6 cubic metres per second this morning.

(UPDATE: May 17 @ 6:40 a.m.) - As we creep up on the date where Okanagan Lake peaked last spring, it's still only good news when it comes to lake levels for 2019.

Another 2 centimetre rise over the past 24 hours brings the lake up to 342.04 metres, 44cm below full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake is still far away from its maximum as well and was measured at 21.8 cubic metres per second this morning.


(UPDATE: May 16 @ 6:35 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake rose above 342 metres with another small increase in the past 24 hours, but it's still a ways away from full pool.

It now sits at 342.011m, around 4 feet under the maximum level desired for the body of water.

Outflows from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake decreased over the past 24 hours and now sit at 20.5 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 15 @ 6:35 a.m.) - Despite a stretch of rain on Tuesday afternoon, there was only a small rise in Okanagan Lake over the past 24 hours.

The lake is up 1.4 centimetres, bringing it to 391.995cm total and still well below full pool.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake remains a little below half of its capacity at 24.3 cubic metres per second.

With the snowpack nearly diminished, it looks like even a stretch of significant rain wouldn't cause flooding in Okanagan Lake this year.

(UPDATE: May 14 @ 6:45 a.m.) - As of 3 a.m. today, Okanagan Lake sits at 341.981 metres.

That's just a 1 centimetre rise since the same time on Monday and means the lake is now less than 50 cm away from full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake remains around the same level as it was to begin the week at 22.7 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 13 @ 6:30 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake rose another 2.5 centimetres over the past 24 hours and sits at 341.972 metres as of 3 a.m. today.

The lake is just over 50 cm below full pool with just two or three more weeks until it typically hits full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake held steady after a few days of increases and is currently at 23.4 cubic metres per second.

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(UPDATE: May 12 @ 6:20 a.m.) - As of 3 a.m. today, Okanagan Lake is sitting at 341.957 metres.

That's a small 1.5 centimetre increase over the past 24 hours and puts the lake at 52 cm below full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake has increase once again and is now at 25 cubic metres.

(UPDATE: May 11 @ 7 a.m.) - As of 3 a.m. today, Okanagan Lake is sitting at 341.942 metres.

That's a small 1.5 centimetre increase over the past 24 hours and puts the lake at 53.5 cm below full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake has increase once again and is now at 20.2 cubic metres.

(UPDATE: May 10 @ 6:40 a.m.) - As of 3 a.m. today, Okanagan Lake is sitting at 341.927 metres.

That's a small 1.1 centimetre increase over the past 24 hours and puts the lake at 55.3cm below full pool.

Outflow from Mission Creek into Okanagan Lake has increase once again and is now at 15.2 cubic metres.

(UPDATE: May 9 @ 6:30 a.m.) - Okanagan Lake only saw a minor rise over the past 24 hours.

It's up to 341.916 metres, just 0.014m higher than Wednesday morning, although the outflows from Mission Creek to Okanagan Lake have increased and are now at 13.7 metres per second.

The River Forecast Centre released its snowpack information for the beginning of May and it reports that the Okanagan snowpack is at 69% of normal for this time of year.

Annual snow accumulation in British Columbia usually reaches its maximum levels in mid-April, so this month's snow survey is a good look at what can be expected over the next month or two.

"At this stage in the season, there is no elevated flood risk present in the current snowpack across the province," says the River Forecast Centre.


(UPDATE: May 8 @ 6:35 a.m.) - It's only day one of NowMedia's daily lake level coverage, but it's off to a good start.

The lake saw a minuscule 0.002 metre rise over the past 24 hours and was sitting at 341.902 metres as of 3 a.m. today.

That's nearly a metre below the lake's full pool number of 342.48m.

The Mission Creek reporting station is currently showing outflows into Okanagan Lake at 10.4 cubic metres per second.

Snowpack numbers as of May 1 are expected to be released later today and NowMedia will provide that information when it becomes available.

(Original story: May 7 @ noon) - With the temperature skyrocketing over recent days, NowMedia is ready to begin daily reports on the water level in Okanagan Lake.

After historic flooding in 2017 and some minor flooding last year, the lake’s rising levels during the spring have become something that Kelowna residents are paying close attention to.


This year, the flood forecast looks much better than the past two springs as the Okanagan didn’t accumulate a massive snowpack over the winter.

As of April 1, the snowpack was 72% of its normal level compared to 105% in 2017 and 152% in 2018.

Data regarding the snowpack level as of May 1 is expected to be released in the coming days.

In this story, which will be updated daily before 7 a.m., we will provide the level of Okanagan Lake each day at 3 a.m., how that differs from the day before and how far away it is from full pool.

Full pool is 342.48 metres, but in 2017 the lake rose to a record-setting level of 343.251m on June 9, 2017, while last year it got up to a peak of 342.686m on May 29, 2018.

While the story will focus on the level of Okanagan Lake, there will also be information provided about the snowpack and Mission Creek’s outflows into Okanagan Lake.

To kick off daily coverage, Okanagan Lake was sitting at 341.9m as of 3 a.m. today, well below full pool and 0.154m higher than the lake’s level on May 7, 2018.

Keep checking back in for daily numbers and updates as we make our way through the spring!



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