The Sierra Nevada experienced the driest first quarter in more than 100 years, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday.
According to readings taken at Tahoe City, only 2.68 inches of moisture fell during the first three months of 2013, less than the previous record of 3.62 inches set in 1976. On average, the west shore of Lake Tahoe receives 16.3 inches of precipitation during the first three months.
Normally one of the best producing months of the water year, Minden reported receiving .29 inches during March, or 26 percent of average. Ebbetts Pass at the top of the Carson River basin recorded 4.1 inches of moisture during the month, or slightly more than half of average. Because of a wet December, Ebbetts is still at 80 percent of average and Minden has 89 percent of average of the year.
Last weekend’s storm left a tenth of an inch of rain in parts of the Valley.
Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday bringing up to a half inch in the Sierra and up to .1 inches in Carson Valley.