Here, where I live in southwest Missouri, we have a series of damned lakes with one of them close to my home of Forsyth Missouri. Near that small town, are a couple of parks that have been flooded out six of the last six years! This year, however, I had high hopes that area residents just might be able to use both parks for the entire spring through fall period of 2021!
First some interesting facts about the lake. Bull Shoals Lake is man-made lake with over 1,000 miles of shoreline and over 70,000 acres of fishable water, it’s no wonder that many people make the lake a destination every year! That is assuming that ‘record rains’ don’t spoil everything. At it most southern point in Arkansas, the Bull Shoals dam is one of the largest in the United States. The surface area of the water is a staggering 45,150 acres (182.7 km2). And, typically the water level is maintained at about 659 feet msl (full power pool). During years with heavy rains, the lake has routinely gotten as high as 695 feet msl which has the effect of flooding out many of the parks scattered along it 700 mile shoreline.
But, as I mentioned, I do have a good feeling about 2021. Much of that ‘feeling’ concerns the drought conditions that currently plague many of the western states. It’s been my experience to note that these long wave weather events often move to the east with time. Thus, it is my hope that come March of 2021 we just might find ourselves in a drier climate. That’s the hope at any rate..