Union Staff Report
RUTH LAKE – Water levels continue to rise in the reservoir that supplies Humboldt’s residential epicenter.
As of Monday morning, Feb. 17, the lake was at 71 percent capacity. That’s up from Monday morning, Feb. 10, when the lake was at 61 percent capacity. Normal for this time of year is 90 percent.
The lake, located in Trinity County off Highway 36, received 3.23 inches of rain between Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Monday morning, Feb. 17.
Ruth Lake supplies water to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, which is the wholesale supplier to McKinleyville, Fieldbrook, Blue Lake, Arcata, Manila, Eureka and Cutten.
The National Weather Service at Woodley Island in Eureka measured .08 of an inch of rain on Monday, bring the total for the season, which began July 1, to 11.36 inches. Normal for this time of year is 26.97. Last year was 23.91.
Those rainfall totals will may increase over the next several days, although not very much.
The NWS is forecasting an 80 percent chance of rain today, mostly after 4 p.m. From a tenth to a quarter inch of rain is possible. Hold on to your hats, because it’s going to be windy, with 11 to 18 mph winds coming from the south and gusts up to 23 mph.
There is a 40 percent chance of showers on Wednesday and a 20 percent chance on Thursday. Friday should be partly sunny.
Sunset tonight is at 5:53 p.m. Sunrise Wednesday is at 7:08 a.m.
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