Atmospheric river brings the moisture
February 10, 2014
This weekend's atmospheric river storm helped the Carson River basin snowpack crack 50 percent for the first time this winter.
Ebbetts Pass at the top of the Carson River's East Fork was up to 58 percent on Tuesday with 13.3 inches of moisture locked in the snow pack.
A single storm took the Carson River basin from less than a quarter of its snow-water equivalent to more than half, according to snow telemetry monitored by the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The Lake Tahoe basin also cracked 50 percent with snow telemetry at Heavenly Valley reporting 71 percent.
The storm nearly doubled the snowpack in the Sierra and doused portions of Carson Valley with up to 3 inches of rain.
The average moisture total for Minden runs 2.76 inches during January and February. Just two wet storms have brought 2.16 inches of moisture to the Valley.
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The Jan. 30 storm brought 1.52 inches of moisture to the Douglas County seat in January, and the weekend's storm dropped nearly 2 inches in western Carson Valley.
Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler recorded .63 inches of rain from the storm this weekend.
Sheridan Acres Weather Watcher George Uebele reported receiving 2.42 inches of rain during the storm. Another gauge north of Genoa recorded 3 inches of rain over the weekend.
The only reported damage was a downed power line 2 p.m. Saturday on Dresslerville Road.