Records tumble across northern Nevada |

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.

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