Hot weather on its way back |

Hot weather on its way back

by Christina Nelson

Weather specialists say hot summer temperatures will be returning to the Carson Valley within the week.

“July and August are typically our warmest months,” said Ted Hendricks, a volunteer observer in Minden for the National Weather Service. “August is generally the month that we get our big heat. It’s a strange phenomenon going on right now.”

Highs Tuesday barely broke the 70s in Carson Valley.

“We’ve been in kind of a strange, unusual pattern in the last week,” said Ray Collins, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno. “One of these low pressure systems has been kind of parked over Northern California and has now drifted over Southern California. If that low was up north, we wouldn’t be seeing this.”

Don’t pack up your summer clothes, though. Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s again in another seven days, Hendricks said.

There’s a 20 percent chance of showers today and that percentage is expected to drop as the week continues.

“It’ll be a slow warm up. We should be back to normal temperatures by late this weekend,” Collins said.

While the East Coast is experiencing a heat wave, western states, which have a reputation for being hot and dry, have been cooling down.

n Big scale. “The atmosphere is kind of a big scale. If it gets hot in one spot, it will get cool in another,” said State Climatologist John James.

Tuesday, there was even a chance of snow at 10,000 feet.

James said temperatures in the Carson Valley have fallen below freezing in past years and that this cool weather doesn’t surprise him.

The lowest recorded Carson Valley temperature in August was 28 degrees in 1945.

“I’ve been here since 1989 and the lowest I’ve seen is 34 degrees in 1992,” Hendricks said. “We’ve had several high 30s and low 40s.”

“It’s climbing back up slowly,” Hendricks said. “We should be back in the 80s by the end of the week.”

Despite all the rain, water levels have not risen above average this year. In fact, all of the precipitation has brought the water up to average levels.

Defining average water levels for August is difficult, said Julian Larrouy, Carson River water master, because the weather varies so much. One year it can be hot and dry, the next can be cool and rainy.

“The (East Fork of the) river was actually lower than last year a week ago,” Larrouy said. “We actually had probably pretty close to the same we have this year.”

Larrouy said there are some farmers who still won’t get the water they need because the river hasn’t risen enough.

Water levels haven’t risen much because rain falls in such random places, James said. While it was raining in Carson City Monday, it wasn’t at his home in Reno.

“This kind of rain we have now is very spotty. It’s hit and miss,” James said.