Tahoe Nugget #94:
October 2, 2006
The first snow-producing storm of the 2007 water year will impact the Sierra this week. At this time, the NWS is only expecting a few inches of snow in the Tahoe high country. In the West, precipitation (rain
combined with melted snow) is usually measured in water years as opposed to calendar years. In the Sierra, the water year runs from October 1 to September 30. In the mountains, where virtually all precipitation
occurs between November 1 and May 1, it makes more sense to measure annual precipitation by season, rather than by calendar year. So, the rain that fell here at Tahoe last night will be included in the 2007 WY that
won't end until the end of next September.
The 2006 water year produced nearly 91 inches of precipitation near Donner Pass; total snowfall there was more than 42 feet. The seven and a half feet of water
that soaked the region last winter ranks as the 4th wettest for the Summit area. Rain and snow measurements in the Donner Summit area go back to 1879 when Southern Pacific Railroad employees recorded them at each
station across the Sierra snowbelt.
This week's storm will probably strip the leaves off many of the aspen trees in the higher terrain, but those growing in lower, more protected areas might keep their
color going for another two, maybe three weeks.
Photo #1: Monitor Pass on the way to Highway 395 from Lake Tahoe
Photo #2: Old horse corral just east of Tahoe City
Photo #3: Lundy Lake sits in
a spectacular canyon
Photo #4: Aspen Trees reaching for the sky
Photo #5: Sierra gold near Sabrina Lake west of Bishop, California