Las Vegas Sun

November 22, 2014

This is Spring? More Rain in Forecast

At the risk of being monotonous, a U.S. Weather Bureau spokesman at McCarran Field predicted “continued rain showers through Tuesday and even longer” for the Las Vegas Valley area.

The current storm, that gathered momentum Sunday, had dropped .97 of an inch of rain on the by midafternoon Monday, raising the months total to 3.67 inches. Normal to late (end of April) is 1.55 inches.

However, no records of the local Weather Bureau office have fallen so far. The office, which began keeping account in 1937, recorded 10.72 inches of precipitation in 1941. That wet year 6.03 inches were chalked up the month of April.

Snow fell in some areas. Boulder City was hit by two-hour snowfall at 7 a.m. Monday, but the flakes dissipated nearly as fast as they ht the ground, the National Park Service office reported. Lake Mead, they said, has risen over one foot in the past week to an unseasonal high for this date. Heavy rains were also reported around the perimeter of the lake.

Only the normal number of weekend traffic accidents were reported by Las Vegas Police and the Nevada Highway Patrol. Of these, five in the city involved serious to minor injuries to vehicle occupants; and in the county area, the NHP reported two early Sunday morning mishaps in which persons were injured. All of the victims were treated and held over night for observation and released Monday, hospital officials reported.

A 50-year old woman was killed Sunday morning when she was run over by her own car after being thrown from the vehicle in a collision at Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard, the coroner’s office reported. The woman was identified as Ellen Pie, 612 N. Jones Blvd.

The condition of Gerald Dokter, 45, 553 Ellen Way, remained fair Monday, according to a hospital spokesman at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. Dokter was struck down Saturday as he was walking across E. Charleston Boulevard. He suffered two broken legs and head cuts.

Nevada Power Co. reported two outages over the weekend. The first knocked out the power to the Potosi Mt. microwave station for 15 hours necessitating use of auxiliary generators to service telephones, aviation and Sheriff’s Jeep Posse units in the county area, a spokesman said. Another outage blacked out Bonnie Springs Ranch also for 15 hours, when a rain soaked power pole leaned into a conductor to shut off the circuit.

The U.S. Forest Service office here reported six inches of new powder snow fell over the weekend, adding to the three-foot pack on the ground. Fred Isabell, district ranger, said skiing conditions should be ideal, but recommended chains for all vehicles entering he Kyle or Lee Canyon areas.

The U.S. Air Force Radar Station at Angel’s Peak also reported heavy snowfall in the past 48 hours with drifts as high as seven feet.

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