Dr. Owen Bateson, Susanville’s resident meteorological expert, files this photo of a full double rainbow over the Gold Run area Monday evening. According to Bateson it has been 13 years since he was able to catch the rare spectral event with his camera.
The rainbow appeared during a break in the storms which have brought a lot of wet weather to the valley this weekend.
How much of the wet stuff has fallen on us? Bateson’s measurements show Susanville receiving 1.16 inches of rain over the past 15 hours.
Dr. Bateson also reports that measurements he took this morning at Eagle Lake show the lake level at 5093.9 feet, down 6.5 inches since July 26th and 18.5 inches since the spring high in April.
“It has lost 1.3” per week since July and is 8.5” lower than this time last year,” explains Bateson, “Since the average loss from Spring high to Fall low is 2.07 feet, it seems to be right on schedule.”
“We are still have about 7 weeks until the end of October which is usually the fall low for the year and it can easily lose another 6 inches during that time.”