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Records tumble across northern Nevada

Temperature records tumbled across northern Nevada on Monday as the state continued to swelter in the drought of 2001. Battle Mountain was the hot spot in the north with a high of 106, four degrees higher than the old mark set five years ago. Reno’s 102 was a record by a degree over the high in 1967 and Carson City’s 102 topped its 100 also set in 1967. Winnemucca’s 103 was two degrees over its 1924 reading and Wells topped out at 100, a record by six degrees. The old one was set in 1985. Highs that failed to reach the century mark but still set records were 98 in Austin and Eureka and 97 in Ely. Austin’s previous record of 96 was set in 1931. Eureka reached 91 in 1990 and Ely hit 95 in 1996. Elko’s 101 fell just a degree shy of its 1924 mark. And in Las Vegas, where the rush to turn on air conditioners triggered rolling blackouts, the official high of 113 was two degrees away from the record for the day – and three degrees shy of the city’s all-time high. Gov. Kenny Guinn urged Nevadans to redouble energy conservation efforts. The governor’s statewide energy conservation plan went into effect in April. ”The series of events today make it even more important for all of us to increase our energy conservation,” Guinn said after Monday’s blackouts.

More precipitation needed to combat 4-year drought in Carson City, Nevada

Though Carson City has seen good snowpack and decent precipitation for 2015, it may not be enough to combat the four-year drought Nevada is in. So far for the water year to date, starting Oct. 1, there's been an above average snowpack for Carson City, with the city at a 137 percent above average. However, Carson City still is only at 50 percent for the annual snow maximum for the season, though there still are several months to possibly reach the necessary accumulation numbers. "It is going to take a lot (of water) to make any hydrological changes (for the drought)," said Tim Bradsley, Senior Service Hydrologist at the Reno National Weather Service. "We are ahead of average to date, but we have a long way to go for the rest of the season." However, it may be possible, as Northern Nevada is on target to see an average or above average snow pack for the rest of 2016's winter, Bradsley said. Carson City had, from January to November 2015, more precipitation than the previous two years with 7.36 inches, according to the Reno NWS. Bradsley said the precipitation is 110 percent above average to date for the city. Despite the increased precipitation the stream and drain flow for the Carson River still stands at below average because of the drought. Carson City also broke several temperature records last weather. The city had five record high temperatures for Feb. 5 at 69 degrees, Febr. 13 at 70 degrees, Feb. 14 at 72 degrees, Feb. 18 at 71 degrees and March 27 at 76 degrees. Carson City didn't set any record lows for 2015, though the coldest temperature was Jan. 1, 2015, at 2 degrees. So far in 2016, Carson City has experienced unusually cold temperatures, however according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, during the next three months, the United States as a whole is expected to have above normal temperatures.

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Tahoe could set heat records

It was hot yesterday, it will be hotter today and it will likely be hot most of the week. A high-pressure zone is hanging over the area, and the temperatures may be near record-breaking at Lake Tahoe. Jim Ashby, assistant climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center in Stead, Nev., said temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s are expected today and tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service, today’s high will be 86 degrees, Wednesday’s high is expected to be 88, Thursday’s high is estimated to be 89 and Friday it may be 87. Although it is hot, the temperatures are not far from ordinary. “(The temperatures) may be above normal, but they’re certainly not unusual,” Ashby said. Although it may be hotter than normal, Tahoe temperatures are far less than lower-elevation surrounding areas. Ashby said temperatures from Reno to Carson Valley are expected to exceed 100 degrees today and tomorrow. The Sacramento area could have high temperatures in the 106 to 108 range. Yesterday, the South Lake Tahoe Airport recorded a high temperature of 85 degrees. With data going back 30 years, the all-time record for the area was 89 degrees on Aug. 3 and 4 and 91 degrees August 5. “If temperatures reach the 90s, you’ll break some records,” Ashby said. Tahoe Daily Tribune E-mail: tribune@tahoe.com Visitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | Community Copyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site may not be used without permission. About tahoe.com…

No temperature records, but it’s hot

As the rest of the state and nation swelters under record-breaking heat, Lake Tahoe’s South Shore has remained relatively cool if you consider what’s been cooking in the books. Since record-keeping began at the Lake Tahoe Airport in 1968, the South Shore has seen relatively few records being broken, said Jim Wallmann, forecaster for the National Weather Service. Last weekend may have sizzled in Reno and Carson City, but records were not broken there either, sans an overnight low temperature in Reno of 77 degrees on Saturday, the warmest summertime low on record for that city. On Saturday the high in South Lake Tahoe was 89 degrees, while the record high for that day was 99 degrees set in 1988. Sunday saw a high of 87 degrees, but the record-high was 91 degrees. Monday’s high temperature missed tying the record high by 3 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching 88 degrees. Tuesday’s high wasn’t expected to break the record of 92, which was set in 1983. There is something to be said, however, about the heat wave and its effects on Tahoe. The nights have been much warmer than usual, though records haven’t been, Wallmann said. The average night time low temperatures for South Lake Tahoe are in the mid to upper 40s. On Friday and Saturday the lows were 59 degrees, while on Monday night the low was 51, Wallmann said. The forecast for the remainder of the week calls for relatively cooler weather, with daytime highs in the low 80s through the weekend. The El Dorado County Public Health Department is issuing a health advisory to all county residents asking them to take measures to protect themselves during the unusually high temperatures. “When temperatures get much higher than normal, it is important to remember to drink plenty of extra water, limit physical exertion, and stay in shaded or cool indoor areas as much as possible,” said County Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips. “If you have loved ones who are at high-risk for heat-related illness such as small children, seniors or people who are ill, please be sure to monitor them frequently at this time. Look out for your neighbors who may be alone to see if they need assistance, and don’t forget about your pets who need extra water and shade.” According to Eberhart-Phillips, heat waves can be especially dangerous for seniors, infants and other vulnerable people. While South Lake Tahoe does not have triple-digit temperatures the Western Slope is experiencing, common sense measures can be taken to keep residents well hydrated and cool when the summer temperatures are peaking. “Don’t over-exert yourself and take it easy,” advised Eberhart-Phillips. Cooling off — Drink plenty of water and fluids that replace salts and minerals lost through sweating (such as low-sugar sports drinks). — Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat. — Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing. — Avoid hot foods and heavy meals. — Never leave a person or animal in a parked car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels in minutes. — If you become lightheaded, feel confused or experience any other symptoms of heat exhaustion, get to a cool area until you feel better. – El Dorado County Health Department

Genoa Garden Fair a can’t-miss event

If gardening is your passion, the Genoa Garden Fair on June 1 offers lectures on the “how to’s” of gardening in Nevada. There will be guest speakers during the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In between speakers, you can stroll the beautiful oriental poppy garden of Genoa’s historic Dake House. The plants have been growing and flowering for 140 years as well as the huge lilac bushes, snowball tree, pear tree and numerous varieties of apple and berry trees. There will be displays of unusual yard art and tips on how to make that special garden room. Have you wondered how to keep the deer from nibbling on your plants? You may even catch a glimpse of the albino deer. Master gardeners will be on hand off and on throughout the day to answer any questions. Speakers will be Judy Thomas of Carson Valley Garden & Ranch Center; Suzie Daughtery from Nevada’s Own speaking on gardening in Nevada; Dave Ruf from the Greenhouse Garden Center in Carson City covering deer and small animal resistant plants; and master gardener Ingrid Texiera talking about planting and caring for perennials in the Carson Valley. Refreshments will be available all day. Mark your calendar for June 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a day of fun and information at the Dake House, 2242 Main St. (next to the Post Office) in historic Genoa. No admission will be charged. For more information call (775) 782-4951.

Lake Tahoe snowpack: Wet storms boost water supply

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. –¬†With Lake Tahoe’s regional snowpack at 125 percent of average, local scientists are now hoping for mild weather and a slow melt. “If you get a sudden pulse of warm rain or warm conditions, that causes a lot of the snow to melt and run off all at once so it could run down faster than it would filtrate and that could carry sediment pollution,” said Dennis Oliver, a spokesman for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. However, if the snow melts at a slower pace it will have time to filtrate before it enters the lake, Oliver said. “That’s better for the lake because it will bring clean, filtrated water to the tributaries,” he said. As clean water enters the lake, it could increase the lake level, which helps make algal blooms less visible, he added. “It will be good for clarity, it gives the lake a good flushing,” Oliver said. The agency expects the lake to rise about a half a foot this year, Oliver said. On Tuesday the lake’s level was at 6223.84 feet. Lake Tahoe’s natural rim is 6223 feet. A recent string of wet storms and cooler temperatures added to the region’s water supply this spring according to a joint report by the National Weather Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service released this week. The snowpack for the Carson River Basin was 125 percent of average, Lake Tahoe 125 percent of average, the Truckee River basin 120 percent of average and the Walker River Basin 113 percent of average. However the storms weren’t enough to end the region’s ongoing drought outside of western Nevada and the eastern Sierra. “Unfortunately, this season was not the drought breaker that had been hoped for much of this region,” the report said. “While western Nevada and the eastern Sierra should get a break from the three-year dry spell, most of the rest of Nevada and northeast California will have to deal with a fourth dry year in a row.” The cool temperatures and wet storms that affected the region in April and early May slowed the snow melt and added to the snowpack. The potential for spring flooding is average for rivers in the region, including the Carson River above the Lahontan Reservoir. “Under normal snow melt conditions, spring runoff should be controlled throughout Nevada and eastern California,” the report said. “However, heavy rainfall during the melt season, or several days of much above average temperatures, may result in localized river and stream flooding.” April precipitation was highest in the Walker River Basin at 199 percent of average. The Carson River Basin was 167 percent of average. From May through August, precipitation is expected to be normal throughout the region with temperatures above normal, according to the report.

What’s happening

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada will continue to sponsor two local support groups. Beginning in May, the morning group will change its meeting day to 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. The evening group will continue to meet at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Both groups meet at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Alzheimer’s support groups are made up of family caregivers and friends of Alzheimer’s patients. Anyone who wishes to benefit from sharing information, giving and receiving mutual support, and exchanging coping skills with other caregivers in matters relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is welcome to join a group. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 779-5711. Garden center’s birthday events As part of the Greenhouse Garden Center’s 30th anniversary celebration, two events are planned Saturday at the center, 2450 S. Curry Street, Carson City. Tetrus Building materials will host a barbecue for all customers and David Ruf will discuss fertilization of all plants, from trees to lawns. Both start at 11 a.m. Ruf will discuss when to fertilize yards, what to fertilize plants with and why it is a good idea to feed plants. To reserve a spot call (775) 882-8600. Blood drive at Library Monday The South Tahoe Community Blood Bank will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. It only takes an hour to give the gift of a lifetime. Each day hospital patients throughout Northern and Central California need more than 700 pints of blood. In fact, every two minutes a patient receives a blood transfusion provided by the generous donors at BloodSource. Donating blood is a safe and simple four-step process that includes registration, a medical history interview, the actual blood donation and refreshments. Blood donors need to be in generally good health, at least 17 years of age or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Prospective donors must bring a photo ID. For more information about donating blood call Pat Amundson at (530) 544-4456 or 866-82blood or visit http://www.bloodsource.org. – Provided to the Tribune

Snow makes it to Carson Valley

A storm forecast to greet commuters Tuesday morning failed to arrive in Carson Valley until afternoon, but when it arrived it brought heavy snow. Chains or snow tire controls were issued for Highway 395 from Ray May Way to Holbrook Junction and from Gardnerville to Fairview Drive on Tuesday. Both Kingsbury Grade and Spooner Summit also required chains or snow tires. At least two accidents on Tuesday afternoon were reported as a result of slick roads. In one instance a vehicle slid off Highway 395 north of Stephanie and another slid off Highway 88 at Kimmerling Road. At least one accident occurred north of Stephanie when a vehicle slid through a fence and onto a field at 2:18 p.m. Vehicles were sliding off the roadway along Highway 88, as well. Heavy snow prompted Western Nevada College to close its Carson City campus at 4 p.m. due to icy conditions. The storm came in from the north, snarling roads in Reno and Carson City before arriving in Carson Valley. Temperatures dropped 10 degrees over the course of three hours, plunging to below freezing by 2 p.m. The storm was warmer than anticipated by the National Weather Service, which was calling for Minden temperatures to drop below freezing by 9 a.m. A winter storm warning was in effect in Carson Valley until 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service there is a chance for snow in Carson Valley through 3 a.m. today. Today's forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 28. The low tonight should drop below 0 to -2

Spring fever inspires fashion of summer

Weather seems to be a relative aspect of life at the lake. A warm weekend following a long cold snap filled with snow and fog allowed many Lake Tahoe visitors and residents to bask in the long-awaited sunshine. Chris Miller hit the Bijou Disc Golf Course on Sunday in a tank top, shorts and running shoes, despite the occasional plunge into a snowpack that ski enthusiasts and water watchers have bragged about. The Carson City resident considered taking the top down on his Honda Civic del Sol. “This is my kind of weather,” he said, flinging discs with his buddy Matt Wood. October was the last time Miller remembered wearing shorts at the lake. The bright sun came as quite departure from the fog Carson City endured in the last few weeks. Despite enjoying temperatures that seemed like the 70s to Tahoe residents, the mercury hit only 49 degrees on Saturday and 51 on Sunday. “This time of year, it’s just that (these temperatures) feel like summer compared to what you’ve had,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jordan said from his office. The warm, dry trend is predicted to last through the week, with the highs expected to be in the low 60s. Enjoy it while you can, as weather forecasters also anticipate a 5- to 10-degree cooling trend by next weekend. For those with a hankering to put on a bikini before the return to winter, a television and photo shoot is slated for Thursday on Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Ridge Run. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will be asked to show off the spring snow and sun of the South Shore for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. The footage and shots will be offered to television news stations and newspapers across the United States. Riders interested in participating will meet at the Heavenly Tram building for an overview and instruction at 9 a.m. Heavenly will throw in a free day of skiing and a complimentary brunch at the Lakeview Lodge at the top of the tram. – Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com