Reno sets new record for greatest annual precipitation, Nevada

Reno sets new record for greatest annual precipitation, Nevada

After record daily rainfall on November 16, the city of Reno, Nevada has also set its new record for the greatest precipitation total in any calendar year.

A record rainfall of 20.57 mm (0.81 inches) was set at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on November 16, 2017, breaking the old record of 6.35 mm (0.25 inches) for this date set in 1950, the National Weather Service office in Reno reports.

With 44 more days still to go, the total annual precipitation now stands at 340.36 mm (13.40 inches), setting a new record at Reno for the greatest precipitation in any calendar year. This breaks the old record of 336.04 mm (13.23 inches) set in 1983. The records for this location date back to 1893.

"Much of this precipitation fell early in 2017 via ‘atmospheric rivers’ of moisture and this latest pattern bumped Reno into the top spot for precipitation record," meteorologist Steve Glazier wrote for WeatherNation.

The second wettest year in Reno is now 1983, the third wettest is 1995 with 319.02 mm (12.56 inches),

4th is 1996 with 310.13 mm (12.21 inches),

5th 1998 with 305.56 mm (12.03 inches),

6th 1982 with 281.94 mm (11.10 inches),

7th 1963 with 277.62 mm (10.93 inches),

8th 1971 with 268.73 mm (10.58 inches),

9th 1940 with 259.84 mm (10.23 inches),

and 10th 1969 with 259.58 mm (10.22 inches).

(Period of record: March 1, 1937 to November 16, 2017)

"What about the rest of this winter? It appears northern California and the northern US will continue to be wetter and cooler than average," Glazier said.

Featured image: Accumulated precipitation at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Nevada. Credit: ACIS, Cassie Wilson

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