Winter storm forecast for late Friday into weekend

A warm October ended with balmy days and a calm evening for the trick-or-treaters on our street. The summer-like weather that dominated October here in Reno and western Nevada may be coming to an end this Friday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a storm moving into the region late Friday continuing into the weekend. Continue Reading »

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Pyramid Lake and Truckee River: home for wildlife

The lower Truckee River on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation is home to many species of wildlife. In the mountains both west and east of Pyramid Lake live Bighorn sheep and mule deer, as well as thousands of migrating and nesting birds. Pyramid Lake and the lower Truckee River are the only places in the world Continue Reading »

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Changing Climate or Wet Year?

If the fish and wildlife dependent on the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe could cheer, we’d certainly be hearing the shout-out because of this winter’s huge rain and snow events bringing near record river flows this spring. After such a long drought and long-term rain and snow deficit beginning in 2000, this year has been a celebrated Continue Reading »

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Tahoe rising; releases to Truckee from Lake Tahoe fall

With warming temperatures and the recent rain, Lake Tahoe water surface elevation jumped 3.7 inches in just 7 days with a distinctly rising trend. Releases from Lake Tahoe Dam, controlled by the Federal Water Master, dropped over the past week to around 1,300 cubic-feet-per-second (CFS). The drop in releases from the Tahoe Dam could be Continue Reading »

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Releases from Tahoe into Truckee River increase … again

The Truckee River during the drought was often a trickle at Lake Tahoe. When the Lake was  barely above or below its rim, little or no water flowed into the river. Until this winter kicked in, Lake Tahoe has been very close or below its rim since the summer of 2014 resulting in greatly reduced Truckee River flows pretty Continue Reading »

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