Fall weather on the way
The Labor Day holiday weekend is over and our weather will be changing accordingly, beginning today. A few clouds will begin to move in by afternoon, along with some rather strong winds and lower temperatures.
For today, a lake wind advisory has been posted for all area lakes, as winds will pick up today from the southwest in the 15 to 30 mph range, with gusts to 40 mph possible. Over the ridges, winds may gust in excess of 60 mph.
Highs today will warm into the mid 70s in most areas, with lower 80s likely around Woodfords and Markleeville. Clearing skies and decreasing winds tonight will bring cooler temperatures into the upper 30s to upper 40s, depending on location. Our first taste of early fall will be felt on Wednesday, with some very comfortable temperatures.
A reader wrote in and asked if South Lake Tahoe has ever recorded a 100 degree temperature. The answer is no. The highest official temperature ever recorded in South Lake Tahoe was 95 at the airport. The highest temperature ever recorded in town at the Co-Op site, which has been around for only five years, is 92. The only location ever to officially record a temperature of 100 in the Tahoe Basin was Incline Village when they did have a Co-Op site. The entire East shore of Tahoe and the North Shore will always have the warmest temperatures because of the surrounding terrain and their location relative to the lake.
– Do you have a weather-related question for forecaster Simon Smith? Please write to him with any question you have and he will answer it in this column. Smith, a co-op weather observer for the National Weather Service in Reno, can be reached at email@example.com