Closing In On A Dry Spell Record

Current Record: 47 Consecutive Days With No Precipitation
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photo courtesy Las Vegas Valley Water District

photo courtesy Las Vegas Valley Water District

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( Las Vegas, NV ) – If there’s no rain in Las Vegas for the next 6 days, we’ll set a new record for the number of days in a row without measurable precipitation.

The current record is 47 days from 1961.

Reid Wolcott from the National Weather Service here tells KXNT that 2013 was a below average rain year with a total of just under 3 inches accumulation. But he says that’s not out of the ordinary, landing at 27th on the list of relatively dry years. Mt Charleston, which normally gets much more rain (or the equivalent from snow), had 14.38″ making 2013 the 3rd driest year on record for the higher elevations of southern Nevada.

Wolcott says besides keeping up conservation efforts there’s really nothing anyone can do about the ongoing lack of precipitation . . . except – unofficially – maybe a rain dance.

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