Lake Sakakawea runoff increases

The November runoff outlook for Lake Sakakawea contains a significant increase from the October outlook.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the amount of runoff expected in the Missouri River system for 2013 has increased from 23.2 million acre feet to 25.9 maf.

As a result, Lake Sakakawea is now expected to end 2013 at an elevation of 1,833.9 feet. That compares to 1,832.2 feet contained in the Oct. 1 outlook.

The Feb. 28, 2014, projected elevation for Lake Sakakawea has also increased over previous outlooks. The November forecast calls for Lake Sakakawea to be at 1,832.0 feet on Feb. 28, 2014. One month ago the forecast was for 1,829.3 feet on the same date.

Lake Sakakawea stood at 1834.7 feet Tuesday.