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Okanagan Lake levels 2020: Lake sees another small increase ahead of rain this afternoon

(UPDATE: June 2 @ 6:20 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake sits at 342.551 metres. Yesterday it was at 342.521 metres.

Full pool sits at 342.48 metres. The record high, which was set on June 9, 2017, was 343.251 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded at 52.8 cubic metres per second.

According to today's forecast, we may see rain this afternoon and in the evening.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake. According to the weekly snow pillow report, Mission Creek is at 264% for the week of June 1.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there is still around 99.99 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is.

<who>Photo credit: River Forecast Centre</who>

The Okanagan remains in a "High Streamflow Advisory," meaning river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.

Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

(UPDATE: June 1 @ 6:50 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake sits at 342.521 metres. Yesterday it was at 342.506 metres.

Full pool sits at 342.48 metres. The record high, which was set on June 9, 2017, was 343.251 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded at 86.2 cubic metres per second.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake. According to the weekly snow pillow report, Mission Creek is at 167% for the week of May 22. An updated reading will come out today.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there is still around 105.994 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is.

(UPDATE: May 31 @ 7 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.506 metres. Yesterday it was at 342.481 metres.

Full pool sits at 342.48 metres. The record high, which was set on June 9, 2017, was 343.251 metres.

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Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded at 56.9 cubic metres per second.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake. According to the weekly snow pillow report, Mission Creek is at 167% for the week of May 22.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there is still around 108.458 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is.

(UPDATE: May 30 @ 6:30 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.481 metres. Yesterday it was at 342.459 metres.

Full pool sits at 342.48 metres. The record high is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded at 50.6 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake. According to the weekly snow pillow report, Mission Creek is at 167% for the week of May 22.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there's still around 110.998 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is.

(UPDATE: May 29 @ 6:15 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.459 metres. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.439 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 45.4 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

The Central Okanagan Regional District Emergency Operations Centre, along with local governments, say they are closely monitoring lake levels.

“Higher than normal snowpack levels, warm temperatures and predicted rainfall are all variable factors that can combine to elevate the risk of flooding from creeks, streams and Okanagan Lake,” said Sandra Follack, Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program Coordinator.

“And while the risk of wide-spread flooding remains low, localized flooding is still a possibility as we have experienced recently. Property owners should be prepared.”

Some lakes, like Kalamalka and Ellison, are currently above full pool.

While Okanagan Lake is currently below full pool, the combination of warmer weather and rain events may result in Okanagan Lake exceeding full pool, which is not unusual during freshet.

Boaters are asked to reduce wake activity close to the shore over the next several weeks and watch for floating debris carried into area lakes from faster flowing tributaries.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake. According to the weekly snow pillow report, Mission Creek is at 167% for the week of May 22.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there's still around 118.99 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is, which is up near Greystokes Provincial Park.

Those living near creeks, streams and low-lying properties that have experienced flooding and high water in the past are responsible for having an emergency plan as well as the tools and equipment to protect properties from possible damage.

For waterfront property owners, precautions include securing their docks and making sure boat anchor lines are long enough so that they don’t snap if water continues to rise.

(UPDATE: May 28 @ 6:10 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.439 metres, bringing it closer to full pool. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.412 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 41.4 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

The Brenda Mine snowpack and Mission Creek snowpack readings are the two that most affect Okanagan Lake.

Brenda Mine is depleted, but there's still around 123.01 cm of snow left where the Mission Creek reading is, which is up near Greystokes Provincial Park.

(UPDATE: May 27 @ 6:20 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.412, bringing it closer to full pool. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.378 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 48.3 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

According to the most recent report from the River Forecast Centre, seasonal flood risk remains in many regions in the province.

Areas currently under High Streamflow Advisory, which includes the Okanagan, are vulnerable to short-term heavy rain events, as river levels are relatively high.

Some of these regions still have significant high elevation snow remaining, including the North Thompson, Shuswap, Mission Creek in the Okanagan and the Boundary region.

According to meteorologist Wesla English, we're entering a dry patch. We should see sunshine for the rest of the week.

(UPDATE: May 26 @ 6:20 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.378. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.341metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 55.1 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

The sun is returning to Kelowna after some rain yesterday.

“A very slim chance of a shower remains in the forecast this afternoon, but then we will stay dry from Wednesday until at least Friday," explained Wesla English, NowMedia meteorologist.

“Daytime highs will increase over the next few days, with temperatures near 20ºC on Tuesday and in the upper 20s by end of the work week.”

(UPDATE: May 25 @ 6:20 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.341. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.318 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 32.2 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

According to the forecast, we'll be starting out the week with showers, but a drying trend will start this afternoon and last into the week.

(UPDATE: May 24 @ 7:30 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.318. Yesterday it was recorded at 342.285 metres.

There still isn't a huge cause for concern as full pool isn't until 342.48 metres. The lakes record high, which was set on June 9, 2017, is 343.251 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded 38.6 cubic metres per second at 3 am.

(UPDATE: May 23 @ 6:30 am) - As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 342.285 metres. Yesterday, it was recorded at 342.261 metres.

For those wondering, full pool is at 342,48 metres, meaning there is still some room in the lake. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was set on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into the lake was recorded at 43.3 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 22 @ 6:15 am) - As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.261 metres. Yesterday, at 3 am, it was recorded at 342.229 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake was recorded at 38.4 cubic metres per second, as of 3 am.

(UPDATE: May 21 @ 6:10 am) - As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.229 metres. Yesterday, at 3 am, it was recorded at 342.198 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake was recorded at 50.4 cubic metres per second, as of 3 am.

NowMedia meteorologist Wesla English is warning chillier air and a chance of rain today.

“A shower risk remains in the forecast, with the greatest chance of showers late in the day.”

(UPDATE: May 20 @ 6:10 am) - As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.198 metres. Yesterday, at 3 am, it was recorded at 342.163 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake was recorded at 51.3 cubic metres per second, as of 3 am.

We are in for another day of mixed weather, with thunderstorms a possibility in the afternoon and sun and cloud to start the day.

(UPDATE: May 19 @ 6:10 am) - As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.163 metres. Yesterday, at 3 am, it was recorded at 342.133 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake was recorded at 52.5 cubic metres per second, as of 3 am.

Today, we're expecting sunshine to start with rain in the cards for later this afternoon.

“We will see sun and cloud to start the day, but our unsettled spring weather pattern will keep in a slight chance of a shower in the afternoon,” said Wesla English, NowMedia meteorologist.

“The risk of showers remain in the forecast through midweek.”

(UPDATE: May 18 @ 7:30 am) - As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.133 metres. Yesterday, at 3 am, it was recorded at 342.044 metres.

Okanagan Lake full pool is 342.48 metres, meaning there's about a 0.347 metre difference between today's levels and full pool.

The record high for Okanagan lake was set on June 9, 2017, when it reached 343.251 metres — which is 0.771 metres above full below.

Mission Creek's outflow into Okanagan Lake was recorded at 54.6 cubic metres per second, as of 3 am on Monday.

(UPDATE: May 17 @ 8 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.071 metres. Yesterday it was at 342.044 metres.

Full Pool is at 342.48 metres. The record high, set on June 9, 2017, is 343.251 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 42.6 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 16 @ 7 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.044 metres. Yesterday, it was at 342.013 metres.

Full pool is at 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 meters back in June of 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 41.2 cubic meters per second this morning.

Kelowna residents should expect to see lots of showers over the next few days.

(UPDATE: May 15 @ 6:05 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 342.013 metres. Yesterday it was at 341.979 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 45.8 cubic metres per second.

We are looking at a mix of sun and cloud today and tomorrow, with rain expected on Sunday.

The unsettled weather will also stick around on Monday.

(UPDATE: May 14 @ 6:10 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.979 metres. Yesterday it was at 341.951 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 41.8 cubic metres per second.

Today, we're looking at a possibility of more rain and thunderstorms in Kelowna.

“Expect sun and cloud, however, with weak instability, we will have to keep a slight risk of a shower in the forecast, especially for areas near the mountains,” said Wesla English, NowMedia meteorologist.

UPDATE: May 13 @ 6:10 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.951 metres. Yesterday it was at 341.912 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 41.5 cubic metres per second.

We are expecting more rain today with a chance of thunderstorms.

(UPDATE: May 12 @ 6:15 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.912 metres. Yesterday it was at 341.88 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 39.6 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 11 @ 6:15 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.88 metres. Yesterday it sat at 341.846 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 42.6 cubic metres per second.

We have a dry and sunny start to the work week, but the pattern will change on Tuesday when the next wave of precipitation moves into our region.

We are expecting showers on Tuesday this week, with partial clearing on Wednesday.

(UPDATE: May 10 @ 8 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.846 metres. Yesterday it sat at 341.809 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high was 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 44.6 cubic metres per second, over six cubic metres higher than Saturday.

(UPDATE: May 9 @ 7 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.809 metres. Yesterday it was 341.77 metres.

Full pool is still 342.48 metres. The record high, recorded on June 9, 2017, was 343.251 metres.

Mission Creek's outflow was measured at 38.1 cubic metres per second. That number is just under 3 cubic metres more than yesterday.

NowMedia will update the story with more information.

(UPDATE: May 8 @ 6:15 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.77 metres. Yesterday it was 341.752metres

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 35.2 cubic metres per second, which is slightly less than yesterday.

Yesterday morning, residents near Mill Creek woke up to flooding in the street. Click here for the latest update.

(UPDATE: May 7 @ 6:15 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.752 metres. Yesterday it was 341.717 metres

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 40.9 cubic metres per second this morning.

(UPDATE: May 6 @ 6:15 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.717 metres. Yesterday it was 341.702 metres

NowMedia meteorologist Wesla English has warned of the potential for wet weather in Kelowna today.

We should see clearing, with sun returning tomorrow.

The lake is not currently cause for concern at this time.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 27.6 cubic metres per second this morning.

(UPDATE: May 5 @ 6:20 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.702 metres. Yesterday it was 341.665 metres

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 30.6 cubic metres per second this morning.

(UPDATE: May 4 @ 6:20 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.665 metres. Yesterday it was 341.645 metres

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 31.1 cubic metres per second this morning.

(UPDATE: May 3 @ 8 am): As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 341.645 metres. Yesterday it was 341.6 metres.

Full pool is at 342.48 metres, meaning residents don't have anything to worry about for the time being.

The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was set on June 9, 2017.

In addition to Okanagan Lake, Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 30.2 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: May 2 @ 11:30 am): As of 3 am this morning, Okanagan Lake is at 341.6 metres. Yesterday it was 341.57 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was record on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creeks' outflow was measured at 25.5 cubic metres per second this morning. That outflow has slightly decreased since Friday's 25.6.

(UPDATE: May 1 @ 6:20 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.57 metres. Yesterday it was 341.555 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

There is still no cause for concern, as Okanagan Lake remains well below full pool.

Shaun Reimer, the Penticton dam manager, says that while we should see the lake level number start to go up a fair bit in the coming days, it’ll likely stay comfortably below full pool, unless there’s an extended stretch of rain or heat.

Mission Creek’s outflow was measured at 25.6 cubic metres per second this morning. The outflow has slightly increased the past few days. Yesterday's measurement was 22.8 cubic metres per second.

(UPDATE: April 30 @ 7 am): As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.555 metres. Yesterday it was 341.541 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres. The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek’s outflow was measured at 22.8 cubic metres per second this morning, which is slightly above yesterday's measurement.

(UPDATE: April 29 @ 7 am): There hasn't been much change in the Okanagan Lake levels overnight.

As of 3 am this morning, the lake is at 341.541 metres. Yesterday it was 341.532 metres.

Full pool is 342.48 metres.

The record high level for the lake is 343.251 metres, which was recorded on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek’s outflow was measured at 19.1 cubic metres per second this morning, which is slightly lower than Tuesday's.

(Original story: April 28 @ 12:15 pm): In 2017, the Okanagan was devastated by spring flooding.

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia

In 2018, the region saw some minor flooding, but it wasn't anything overly serious and it didn’t impact the entire summer like the year before.

Last year, with a very low snowpack, there were no issues and Okanagan residents were able to enjoy their spring and summer with not even a hint of flooding (and barely any wildfire smoke).

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia

Despite that, the potential of spring flooding and Okanagan Lake’s levels are something that more and more residents are paying attention to every year.

With high snowpacks across the province and flooding having already begun in parts of northern BC and northern Alberta, it’s definitely something on people’s minds.

For that reason, we are going to begin our annual lake level story on KelownaNow and PentictonNow to give people a place to easily monitor the lake’s levels each morning.

We will say this: Okanagan Lake is not the concern for flooding right now.

With the snowpacks high all winter (around 120% of normal), Penticton dam manager Shaun Reimer was able to let enough water out of the lake to make plenty of room for that snow to melt over the next few weeks.

Although the lake’s flood forecast can change with a lengthy stretch of consistent rainfall or extreme heat, there’s no reason to be concerned about Okanagan Lake right now.

<who>Photo Credit: Government of Canada</who>Okanagan Lake's levels from when our 2019 story stopped (May 31, 2019) until today. The high last summer was 341.532 metres, which is around 0.7 metres under full pool.

There is a higher level of concern with the tributaries leading into the lake, including both Mission Creek and Mill Creek, but that much is out of Reimer’s control.

Starting today, this story will be updated every morning with Okanagan Lake’s levels as of 3 am that morning.

We’ll also provide information on Mission Creek’s outflow into the lake and, when pertinent and available, updated snowpack information for the region.

Today, Okanagan Lake sits at 341.532 metres, well under the full pool mark of 342.48 metres and nearly two metres below the record high of 343.251 metres on June 9, 2017.

Mission Creek’s outflow was measured at 21.1 cubic metres per second this morning, which was slightly higher than Monday.

Those numbers will likely continue to grow in the coming weeks as the snowpack continues to melt off.



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