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October 11, 2017: Shuswap Update

I have been away for a couple of days but, as of today, daily web site updates will resume as usual.
Nothing exiting has happened on the lake while I was gone. Lake levels kept slowly dropping and remain in the 20-year record lows for this time of year. Boat traffic on the lake has nearly stopped; only a few fishing boats have made it out on the lake for a bit. Most local seasonal businesses have closed the doors for the winter. So far, the usual fall rain season has not happen. It looks like as the Shuswap goes straight into am early winter. Nighttime temperatures already stay barely above freezing and the days are not warming much up either. There is already between 5 and 7 cm of snow in the higher mountains and snow lines have been quickly to about 1,500m. The next few days have some rain in the forecast which sure will add more snow in the mountains. Elevations above 2,000m slipped into the winter; I have been up there for a few days and the weather conditions were rather nasty.
Once again, the low lake levels put many private dock onto the beach. This is likely to remain well into the winter or early spring. Sand banks have significantly extended the beaches and some sandbanks are hiding under water very close to the surface. Naturally, most local rivers run at low levels as well and some mountain creeks have gone completely dry.
If you are driving over higher passes, don't forget to pack some winter gear, just in case. Make sure that all your lights are working and think about putting winter tires on your car. As soon as the first snow hits the road, tire shops may not be able to schedule you in on a quick. Always check the road conditions in DriveBC before starting longer trips. There are a lot of road repairs going on; around and beyond the Shuswap.


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Last Lake Measurements
  Date: October 18, 2017
  Lake Level: 344.979 m 1131.82 ft.
  1-Day Change: 2.6 cm 1 in.
  Water Temp.: 11.7 °C 53 F
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  Day Low: 4.1 °C 39 F
  Day High: 8.7 °C 48 F
  Next Update: October 19, 2017
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