Carson Valley water year ends on dry note |

Carson Valley water year ends on dry note

Staff Reports

There are still a few ranchers gathering hay crops in Carson Valley, but with the end of another parched year, most hope a new water year will bring a wetter winter.

Monday saw the conclusion to another dry year, with September not even contributing average moisture.

According to Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler, the Douglas County seat saw 15.5 inches of snow. Minden received 7.14 inches of moisture, according to the National Weather Service.

That wasn’t too bad, with the town receiving 85 percent of average for the year, the high point in the Carson River Basin.

Ebbetts Pass, which is the main source of water for the river’s East Fork, received only an inch during September, bringing it to a total of 44.5 inches for the year, or only 79 percent of average.

Overall, the basin received 72 percent of average moisture during the year.