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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Carson River Basin

January 1862

Rain-on-Snow on Frozen Soils Event

Heavy snow fell on December 20, 1861, resulting in 2 feet of accumulation on the valley floor. This was followed by a period of extreme cold and a 3 day rain starting on December 25, 1861. Flooding began on January 2, 1862 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1973). The January 1862 flood was a continuation of flooding that began in December 1861 in Carson Valley from a series of storms that impacted the upper Carson River basin. Heavy wet snow fell leaving up to 2 feet of snow on the valley floors, followed by a period of very cold temperatures which froze the snow. By January 2, 1862, the town and area surrounding Dayton had flooded.

Selected Streamflow Peaks

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