Although it was a decent snow year in northern Utah, the reality is that the Great Salt Lake didn't recover much this year.
USGS lake elevation data at Salt Air shows the annual cycle of lake elevation, which tends to be highest in the spring and lowest in the fall. There was a net decline in lake elevation from 2011 to 2015 and a very modest recovery in 2017. Currently, we're running a bit less than 1 foot higher than August 2018.
Below are modis images from the NASA Terra satellite from late August 2011 through 2019 (date in the lower left hand corner). Consistent with the elevation data above, you can see a decline in lake coverage after August 2011 and then the recent spate of relatively low lake coverage years.
I would like to see a run of big snow years not just for my skiing interests, but also to see how much the recovers. If we had the 1980s precipitation again, would we see the same increase in lake volume (i.e., increase in height and area) as was observed then given our warmer climate and greater thirst for water?
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Update on comment issues: Searching through blogger support, I found recommendations that commenters who are having this problem should make sure cookies are not blocked, try clearing their browser's cache and cookies, or if they are running chrome, try it in incognito mode. Sadly, there is no easy solution but perhaps one of these will work.