Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States, and one of the most beautiful tourist spots with a thriving economy that benefits throughout the year from major resorts and ski spots. An article by Forbes reports that the largest Alpine lake in North America with an area of 191 square miles swelled to an additional three feet in depth in only a span of two days.

Heavy rains and snowfall account for approximately half of this considerable increase in freshwater, the report says, and the lake is now estimated to hold around 39 trillion gallons of water.

This deluge of water is because of two or three winter storms that hit the region toward the end of last year and again early this year. This could help battle the dry season the West has confronted in recent years.

This is great news for local residents who’ve experienced extreme water shortage over time, and who can now enjoy a more verdant wildlife around the Tahoe.