so i was curious to see how long, at the current inflow/outflow rates, it would really take to fill some of the lakes in Nor Cal. i calculated the following:
Folsom: 101.5 days
Shasta: 165 days
Oroville: 210 days
this was based on one acre foot being:
288' x 288' x 1'= 82,944 cu/ft
and the lakes having a net positve inflow today of (based on sacramento bee's water storage data):
folsom: ~5,200 CFS
Shasta: ~15,000 CFS
Oroville: ~9,950 CFS
so...for folsom...82,994 CF x 550,089 AF below capacity (977,000 AF full - 426,911 AF current storage)= 45,654,086,466 CF / 5,200 CFS / 60 sec / 60 min / 24 hours = 101.62 days
CF: Cubic Feet
AF: Acre feet
CFS: Cubis feet per second
I think i did the math right, but let me know if i didnt.
Either way...we need more rain.