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Wet weather not leaking over Sierra

Staff Reports
Jobs Peak surrounded by storm clouds on Saturday afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Decembers to remember

2004 1.68”

2005 7.09”

2006 .69”

2007 1.19

2008 .55”

2009 1.34”

2010 3.03”

2011 0”

2012 3.65”

2013 .28”

Source: National Weather Service

While the Bay Area is having one of its wettest Decembers in the last century, most of that moisture hasn’t made it over the Sierra to Western Nevada.

With last weekend’s storm, this December might have almost reached its average of an inch so far for the month. That’s not bad if there hadn’t been three dry winters, but it’s not near

Heavenly reported 7 inches of snow over the past week, as about a fifth of an inch of rain fell in Genoa.

There’s another chance for precipitation on Christmas Eve, that might even come as snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters are saying that while the exact track of a storm is uncertain, there’s a possibility that light snow could fall in Carson Valley on Wednesday night.

The probability for precipitation south of Carson City is below 50 percent.

So far this month, the county seat received .8 inches of moisture, mostly during a surprise snow storm on Dec. 2.

But past Decembers show that Minden’s precipitation can vary wildly from year to year, with more than 7 inches falling in 2005 to no precipitation during 2011.

And while a wet December may be good news for the water year, it doesn’t always mean that the year will reach average precipitation.

The water year starts on Oct. 1 Since that date, Minden has received 1.22 inches of precipitation, well short of the 2.56 inches received on average.