Heat rises, records fall
It’s never been hotter.
South Lake Tahoe and many towns throughout the region endured record heat on Wednesday. It was 93 at South Shore — a record for July 10 — and Reno posted an all-time high of 108 degrees.
It was 98 in Truckee, just a degree shy of the all-time mark set on July 27, 1975.
Highs also soared past all-time records for any date on the calendar at Gerlach, 109; Hawthorne, 108; Yerington, 107; and Carson City, 104. Fallon tied its all-time high of 107 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
“The reason is there is just a massive high pressure over Nevada right now,” said Ray Collins, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno. “The system will move slowly east as we get toward the weekend, with temperatures cooling slightly but they will be above normal. Some locations will be above 100 degrees all weekend.”
South Lake Tahoe’s record for the day was broken by 4 degrees. According the Web site Weather.com, the previous mark was 89 degrees in 1988.
The mercury topped out at 108 degrees at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the hottest day in the 130 years since record-keeping began in 1872, the service said.
Five-year-old Dylan Morrell said it felt even hotter.
“It feels like 1,007 degrees,” he said Wednesday during a break at swimming lessons at Deer Park in neighboring Sparks.
Lifeguard Amanda Johnson, 15, said the water in the wading pool became too hot at 10 a.m. so the young children had to be rotated into the big pool.
“This is why I moved away from Las Vegas,” said Katie Casteel, 27, Reno.
Reno’s previous all-time record of 106 for all dates was set on July 20, 1931. The old record for July 10 was a mere 100 degrees set in 1959 and 1973.
“We’re smashing the old records,” said the National Weather Service’s Gary Barbato.
Reno also broke a record Tuesday with 102 degrees — 3 degrees hotter than the old record for that date set on July 9 of 1973, 1985 and 1988.
Reno’s record for July 11 is 101 degrees, set in 1917 and matched in 1964, but the forecast calls for a high Thursday of 105 degrees.
One Reno homeowner was left to clean up a flooded living room after the heat set off a ceiling sprinkler, Reno Fire Department Capt. Dave Duncan said.
Gerlach, on the edge of the Black Rock Desert 100 miles north of Reno, erased its old all-time record of 108 dating to July 4, 1901.
Carson City’s previous all-time high was 103 on Sept. 3, 1950. Hawthorne’s old mark was 107 on July 18, 1998. Yerington’s was 106 on Aug. 24, 1981. Fallon tied the 107 recorded on July 18, 1960.
Other highs in Nevada Wednesday included: Lovelock, 107; Caliente, 106; Winnemucca, 105; Elko, 101, Eureka, 101; Wendover, 99; and Ely, 97.
Across the California border, Susanville and Tahoe City fell short of all-time highs but set records for July 10. Susanville’s 104 topped the old record for the date of 98 in 1988 while Tahoe City got to 88, 2 degrees warmer than the old record set that same year.