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Fair weather breaks El Nino pattern

Patrick McCartney

All over Tahoe, locals are putting away their snow boots and getting out their shorts and T-shirts.

And temperatures are expected to remain unseasonably warm most of the week, interrupted only by some showers on Friday.

“It’s a false spring,” said forecaster Terry Ryan of the National Weather Service office in Reno.

While spring doesn’t officially arrive until a week from Friday, mild temperatures and sunny skies lent a spring-like feel to the basin Monday, vanquishing any thought of February’s onslaught of El Nino storms. The temperature climbed to 49 at Lake Tahoe Airport after a morning low of 13.

The National Weather Service is calling for highs today and Wednesday in the 50s, cooling off Friday when a weak weather system moves into the Sierra. But once the showers end, warm sunny weather is expected to return for the weekend.

As daytime temperatures have turned balmy, the federal watermaster increased the release of water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River from a low of 53 cubic feet a second on Feb. 11. Since Feb. 25, Watermaster Garry Stone has maintained a flow of 600 cfs from the 6.1-foot storage dam in Tahoe City to make room for spring runoff.

With the increased release, the level of Lake Tahoe has ebbed slightly over the last week, and now stands at 1.14 feet below its maximum level.

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