Valley trades record heat for wetter weather
Carson Valley residents will be trading 100-degree temperatures for thunderstorms and highs in the 80s this weekend.
The 39-year-old record high temperature in Minden for Aug. 3 fell this week, when the mercury cracked 102 degrees for the second day in a row.
The previous record was 101 degrees set Aug. 3, 1978.
The 102-degree high temperature for Aug. 2 failed to top the 103-degree record set a decade ago in 2007.
Temperature records have been kept in Minden since 1906.
Starting Saturday, high temperatures are forecast to drop into the upper 80s, cooler than the average of 93 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno, monsoonal moisture is pushing north into Western Nevada driving slow-moving thunderstorms and bringing the chance of heavy rainfall.
A thunderstorm on Thursday evening dropped .14 inches of rain north of Genoa and resulted in two lightning-caused fires in the Carson Range. Both fires, one above Autumn Hills in Carson Valley and another on C-Hill in Carson City, were quickly extinguished.
“For this weekend and into a portion of next week, low pressure stalling over northwest California will bring a higher potential for flash flooding and strong thunderstorms,” forecasters said.
According to Weather Service records, .3 inches of precipitation fell during July, bringing the total for 2017 to a record 15.87 inches, so far. That’s still short of the 19.67-inch record for the calendar year set in 1909.