We have a pretty fabulous Nevada Day weekend on tap weather-wise, as a strong ridge of high pressure stays put into next week. Sunny skies with highs in the 70s will last through the weekend, after which a dry cold front drops over us bringing our temperatures back into the 60s by Tuesday. Late next week, a cold low pressure center finally moves onshore giving us a chance of some valley rain and mountain snow.
So what was the snowiest winter on record around here? I’ll limit myself to the records at Reno, since they are very incomplete in the outlying communities. (All of the information contained hereafter is supplied by a wonderful publication entitled “Climate of Reno, Nevada” by Brian O’Hara of the National Weather Service. No self-respecting weather geek is complete without one, and the best news is it’s free and on-line at the Reno NWS website. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/climate/renoclimateupdate.pdf)
If you want to know the snowiest year on record, you’d have to go back to the winter of 1915-16, when a total of six feet (72.3”) fell in downtown Reno. The closest (officially) we have come to that was when about 50 inches was measured in the winters of 1992-93 and 2004-05.