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Water in Lake George!

By johnboy - 18 February 2011 20

lake george with water and windfarm

John Lafferty has sent in this aerial picture of Lake George with quite a lot of water in it for those who thought we’d see the day.

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welkin31 7:39 am 20 Feb 11

A key point about understanding the erratic levels of Lake George over the decades is that unlike most lakes – the catchment is very small – see this map. Click on map to enlarge it.
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/ieo/murrumbidgee/maplg.htm
So any rain that increases the water level has to be exactly over the catchment.

facet 9:34 pm 19 Feb 11

Any truth in the urban myth that a light aircraft flying over Lake George on a still day saw the sky beneath him and (thinking they were inverted) did a 180 degree roll?

cleo 12:26 am 19 Feb 11

Great to see it’s filling up again, tried to have a look on Wednesday when coming back from Sydney, couldn’t see much because of rain.
The lake was full when I first came to Canberra in 1991, it was full for at least a few years before it just dried up, I think it’s been empty for at least 10 years.

Bom records guru 10:13 pm 18 Feb 11

From memory the two highest peaks in the last 40 years, both of which got pretty close to the (old) Federal Highway, were in the mid 1970s and around 1988-1990. It dried out for a few months in late 1982/early 1983 but apart from that the last few years were the first time it had been completely dry for several decades.

There’s nothing particularly mysterious about the lake’s ups and downs – they’re closely linked to average rainfall over about a 3-5 year period. One big dump of rain isn’t enough to fill it, and one bad drought year on its own isn’t enough to dry it out unless it is already lowish.

Anna Key 9:01 pm 18 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

Anna Key said :

Probably a Dash-8

Astounding, how did you do that?

A few hundred(!) trips between Canberra and Sydney. A jet would be a bit higher.

oddball508 8:45 pm 18 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

Anna Key said :

Probably a Dash-8

Astounding, how did you do that?

Thanks. I simply put the lens up to the glass (using my hand around the lens and on the glass to cut down glare) and took the shot. Well a number of shots to make certain 🙂

JustThinking 6:57 pm 18 Feb 11

EvanJames said :

Great to see. I remember when it was more normal for Lake George to be mostly full, even lapping up to the Federal hwy, and when the water went down, it was evidence of some kind of strange doings. How things change.

I guess the farmer who has been using it has now got to cope with the loss of a very large paddock.

LOL,
Yup as kids we used to think when the water disappeared it was ‘strange doings’ going on. All the rumours didn’t help. Then one day dad took us to buy hay from “the otherside” of Lake George and I was terrified that we would never make it home..LOL

Pommy bastard 3:33 pm 18 Feb 11

Anna Key said :

Probably a Dash-8

Astounding, how did you do that?

Anna Key 2:46 pm 18 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

Ozi said :

Nice pic… was it taken from a hang-glider or aeroplane?

I’m guessing microlight.

Great shot though.

Probably a Dash-8

oddball508 2:45 pm 18 Feb 11

Ozi said :

Nice pic… was it taken from a hang-glider or aeroplane?

It was taken out of the window of a Dash8 in final approch to Canberra airport.

Pommy bastard 1:45 pm 18 Feb 11

Ozi said :

Nice pic… was it taken from a hang-glider or aeroplane?

I’m guessing microlight.

Great shot though.

triffid 12:50 pm 18 Feb 11

jadie360 said :

It was full when I first arrived in Canberra in 1978. The water was lapping at the edge of the highway. Mind you in those days it wasn’t the dual carriageway it is now and was probably lower.

It was lower, jadie. Though, I can remember visiting for the ’76 Castrol Rally (they had a couple of tarmac special stages out in the boondocks . . . now known as Kambah. Not a house in sight and to get there you had to go via Coppins if I recall) and the Federal was reduced to one lane in parts because of the water over the road.

Holden Caulfield 12:46 pm 18 Feb 11

IIRC the dual carriageway along Lake George was completed just before the 2000 Olympics.

When the work started, must have been 4-5 years earlier I guess, I remember thinking it wasn’t that long ago that water was almost lapping the edges of the existing single lane road and then thinking it would only be a matter of time until the lanes closest to the lake would flood.

Haha, I got that a little bit wrong. It will be great to see the lake full again. I knew an old guy who used to race speedboats on there, which is hard to believe today.

jadie360 12:26 pm 18 Feb 11

beejay76 said :

EvanJames said :

Great to see. I remember when it was more normal for Lake George to be mostly full, even lapping up to the Federal hwy, and when the water went down, it was evidence of some kind of strange doings. How things change.

I guess the farmer who has been using it has now got to cope with the loss of a very large paddock.

How long ago was that? I’d love to see it full!

It was full when I first arrived in Canberra in 1978. The water was lapping at the edge of the highway. Mind you in those days it wasn’t the dual carriageway it is now and was probably lower.

beejay76 12:10 pm 18 Feb 11

EvanJames said :

Great to see. I remember when it was more normal for Lake George to be mostly full, even lapping up to the Federal hwy, and when the water went down, it was evidence of some kind of strange doings. How things change.

I guess the farmer who has been using it has now got to cope with the loss of a very large paddock.

How long ago was that? I’d love to see it full!

Holden Caulfield 10:45 am 18 Feb 11

Awesome, thanks for sending this in.

Ozi 10:02 am 18 Feb 11

Nice pic… was it taken from a hang-glider or aeroplane?

johnboy 9:59 am 18 Feb 11

One imagines the land came cheap for that very reason.

EvanJames 9:55 am 18 Feb 11

Great to see. I remember when it was more normal for Lake George to be mostly full, even lapping up to the Federal hwy, and when the water went down, it was evidence of some kind of strange doings. How things change. I guess the farmer who has been using it has now got to cope with the loss of a very large paddock.

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