US National Weather Service Reno Nevada:
After an above average snowfall in December, northern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains have experienced an exceptionally dry start to 2013. A strong ridge of high pressure dominated the weather pattern allowing only a few relatively small storms into the area.
The graph shows the total accumulated precipitation for 2013, the average precipitation, and the driest period on record for January and February in Tahoe City. The average precipitation for January and February in Tahoe City from 1910 to 2013 is 11.24 inches. The driest January/February on record was 1991 with only 1.34 inches of precipitation, while the total precipitation for January and February in 2013 was only 0.76 inches.
The precipitation record in Tahoe City goes back over 100 years and is part of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer (COOP) Program. Thanks to all our COOP observers, without which these type of records would not be possible.