Forum News Service, Published July 01 2013
Chances extremely slim for Devils Lake recordGRAND FORKS. – Even though Devils Lake reached an unofficial elevation of 1,453.97 feet Friday, chances are extremely slim that the lake will top 1,454-foot mark this summer.
The lake has just a 10 percent probability of surpassing 1,454 feet, the National Weather Service said Monday in a new forecast for the flood-beleaguered basin.
The lake, which was at 1,453.89 feet on Monday, has been fluctuating in the 1,453.7-to-1,453.97-foot range for about the past three weeks.
Despite the fact that water from the upper basin continues to flow into the lake – and the total inflow this year likely will be the fourth-highest on record – that inflow is not likely to exceed other factors, including the operation of two state-owned outlets that flow to the Sheyenne River.
“This is the time of the year where the lake levels across the Devils Lake Basin typically start to drop due to the effects of seasonal evaporation off the lake surface exceeding the effects of rainfall and runoff,” said Greg Gust, warning coordinator meteorologist for the weather service in Grand Forks.