Alyson Fuqua, a spokeswoman for Alabama Power Company, said the lake reached full pool early Saturday morning.
“We’re pretty close to full pool right now,” Fuqua said Monday afternoon.
The full pool level of Logan Martin Lake is 465, but drought conditions have prevented the lake from reaching the normal summer recreation level.
APC gradually starts raising the lake level April 1.
“The lake normally reaches full pool by the first week of May,” Fuqua said.
She said the drought put a chokehold on the water, but recent afternoon thundershowers helped replenish APC reservoirs in the Coosa River basin.
“We were pleasantly surprised to get the lake level up to summer pool,” Fuqua said. “I know there are people with boats who are excited to see that.”
As of Monday afternoon, the Logan Martin Lake water level was at 464.83 feet above sea level.
Fuqua said APC officials expect the level to stay close or near the summer pool level.
“We’re hoping we don’t have another long stretch without rain,” Fuqua said.
Logan Martin Lake should remain at or near the summer pool level through the Labor Day weekend holidays, if the drought in Alabama does not persist.
After Labor Day, APC starts to gradually bring Logan Martin down to its normal winter pool level, 460 feet above sea level.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s one month forecast is predicting above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
“That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have rainfall,” said Mary Keiser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
According to the National Weather Service, most of Alabama remains abnormally dry and about half of the state remains in a modest to exceptional drought.
Keiser said a tropical system could bring additional rain to the state.
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