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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Toby Welborn
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Nevada Water Science Center
2730 N. Deer Run Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701

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Carson River Basin

December 1964

Rain-on-Snow Event

Flooding in the Carson River Basin was caused by an unseasonably warm storm with torrential rain that melted part of the snowpack. In Carson Valley, 13,500 acres of agricultural land flooded. Warm winds and heavy rain, with more than 14 inches at Woodfords, melted most of the new snow at lower elevations and compacted snow at higher elevations. The National Weather Service Woodfords precipitation gage reported over 14 inches of precipitation from December 19, 1964, through January 7, 1965, with an intermittent warm period from December 21 to December 26, 1964.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

Site ID Gaging Station Peak (cubic feet per second)
10309000 East Fork Carson River near Gardnerville, Nev. 8,230
10310000 West Fork Carson River at Woodfords, Calif. 3,100
10311000 Carson River near Carson City, Nev. 8,740
10312000 Carson River at Fort Churchill, Nev. 7,220



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