There’s not a lot of mystery to this forecast. A broad ridge of high pressure on the west coast will keep our skies clear and our temperatures high through the week. The mercury will top out near the triple digit mark Tuesday and Wednesday before falling back to seasonable levels in the lower 90s by Friday. Winds will be light and things will be dry enough so that overnight temperatures will drop comfortably into the 50s.

Aerial View of City Reno

Aerial View of City Reno

Here’s an interesting question: “So, I understand that the airport is considered the ‘official’ point for measuring temperature and elevation in the Reno area, but what is the actual lowest point of the Truckee Meadows? And has anyone bothered to note it? I would assume that the road cut under the railroad bridge at Kietzke is a pretty low lying point in the area, but maybe Mayberry is lower?”

Well, I’m not sure that any spot has been officially designated at the lowest, but if you think about it, you should be able to figure it out by looking at drainages. The lowest spot will always be where the water that flows into valley leaves the valley, unless it’s a closed basin, which usually ends up being a lake. And since the Truckee River is the backbone of our drainage in the basin, the lowest spot must be at the river where it leaves the Truckee Meadows, near the Vista Exit on I-80.

Since this column is read by many outside of the Reno area, you can use the same logic to find your own low spot.