Take a normal, dry month like October and add rain. See what happens. It was a surprise to see Mike Alger, the meteorologist on Channel Two, giving the news on Monday that Reno’s rainfall October 17th set a new rainfall record for October. The Record-Courier also reported that the surrounding communities of Genoa, Gardnerville, and Fish Springs got anywhere from .14 to .33 inches of rain Sunday.
Reno Gazette Journal said the Reno-Tahoe International Airport reported an October rainfall total of 2.20 inches. Weather records for the Reno area were not kept until 1871. The previous wettest October on record for this region was 1945, when 2.14 inches fell on this high desert city.
The National Weather Service indicates that more rain could arrive this Friday, and remain active until perhaps Tuesday. Because of the cooler temperatures, that might bring snow to the upper Sierras.
How does this affect the community? Expect traffic delays while negotiating the wet, slippery roads. Be on the alert for flooded roads. Carry water, snacks, blankets, flashlights, and a cell phone with you, in the event your vehicle is not able to continue moving. A book to read, or cards to play, will help while away the time you are sitting in traffic.
When you hear the National Weather Service alert break through over your favorite song or talk show, don’t change the station. Listen to what is said. It is common to be warned to get off the road as soon as possible and take shelter. Lightening and hail can add to the zany storms that hit Northern Nevada/
Stay calm while you negotiate treacherous roads. You need a good grip and cool thinking to get to a safe place. Solar lights should be around your driveway and walkway, so you can see your way to the house, even if the power is out. Remember that a solar light will guide your path, if you carry one into the house.
Best of all, remember you were here when the record rainfall occurred. Most of us cannot claim 1945, but we can certainly claim 2010. Record the information in your child’s baby book, or history scrapbook. This gives them bragging rights until the record is broken.
As usual, there is wavering on the type of winter we will have. Prepare for a doozy and perhaps we will be pleasantly surprised. I, for one, am ready for a gentle winter. That will be worth talking about.
Kurt Hildebrand, The R-C Morning Report, Rainy Night, Reno broke 139 year record forOctober
Jeff DeLong, October rainfall breaks Reno record
Safety information courtesy of the author, based on personal experience