Record temps not in the forecast
May 30, 2003
Following a record-breaking week, the temperatures in South Lake Tahoe will take a dip south Saturday and Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Reno predicted high temperatures to lower by 5 to 7 degrees this weekend.
While a seemingly non-existent spring gave way to summer, Tuesday’s 80-degree high topped the record set in 1974 at 78 degrees here.
“The last time we talked we were saying how cold it was,” weather service meteorologist Gary Barbato said. “(Temperatures) have been below average for the first half of the month. Now they’re well above (average).”
After shoveling snow through April and bundling up for part of May, South Shore residents have spent much of the last half of the fifth month of the year eating ice cream cones, wearing shorts, sipping on smoothies and planting flowers.
The weather-dependent tourist area relies on warmer temperatures to bring visitors to the lake.
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On Wednesday, Lake Tahoe Basin residents experienced a high of 77 degrees that tied the record from 1986. That year’s high record of 93 degrees in Reno was shattered on hump day this week at a whopping 97-degree level.
As of press time, Tahoe’s high mark of the mercury came in at 76 degrees, one notch lower than the record set in 1986.
— By Susan Wood