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June 12, 2013
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Heat wave cooks three records

A record-setting heat wave over the weekend knocked out three high temperature records in Carson Valley, including one dating back to 1955.

Ten-year-old records set in 2003 fell on Friday and Saturday, while the 58-year old record fell on Sunday.

Carson Valley high temperature records fell over the weekend starting with 98 degrees on Friday, 100 degrees on Saturday and 99 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Average high temperatures for the first half of June run in the low 80s, and past years have even seen snowfall.

Low pressure brought an end to the heat wave and with it thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday.

A storm cell that stretched from Topaz Lake to Fernley developed shortly after noon on Monday, prompting reports of lightning strikes and fire starts.

East Fork firefighters responded to a fire on the east side of Topaz Lake at 12:25 p.m.

Heavy rain from the storm prompted flooding at Topaz Lake, but doused any fires.

The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch reported 10 fires set by lightning on Sunday and Monday, all of which were controlled by Tuesday morning.

The largest fire was a third-acre blaze on Mogul Peak in Alpine County reported at 8:14 p.m. Monday.

Sunday was a bigger day for fires, with three reported in the Pine Nut Mountains and four in Alpine County. Most were single-tree.

Breezy conditions that replaced thunderstorms on Tuesday are expected to continue today. Winds 15-25 mph are forecast for this afternoon, gusting to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature today is forecast to be 77 degrees.

It was 73 years ago Tuesday that Western Nevada experienced one of its longest heat waves.

According to the National Weather Service, June 11-18, 1940, saw the setting of eight straight records, topping 104 degrees on June 16. All but one of those records still stand in Reno today.

Carson Valley was a little cooler during that week, but not by much.

The Minden weather station recorded four straight high temperature records that survive today on June 13-16.

While Reno was sweltering in 104-degree heat on June 16, Minden recorded 101 degrees.

Amid reports from Carson Valley Day and troubles in Europe, Record-Courier Publisher Bert Selkirk mentioned the heat in his column.

“Exceedingly warm weather held this region in its grip for the past week,” Selkirk wrote in the June 22, 1940, edition. “The hottest day at the government weather station at Minden was 101 on Sunday.”

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 10, 2014 08:30AM Published Jun 12, 2013 10:46AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.