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Nevada Flood Chronology


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Walker River Basin

December 1937

Rain-on-Snow Event

Flooding was caused by warm rain that melted the snowpack at higher altitudes. Rain began on the evening of December 9, then intensified the following day, and continued until December 11. Most of the snowpack at higher elevations melted. Flood damage occurred in Antelope and Mason Valleys. A total of 1.51 inches was recorded for the storm period at the National Weather Service Yerington precipitation gage (4,377 ft). Anecdotal information suggests an irrigation gate in Mason Valley failed and Yerington was flooded to a similar extent as it was during the January 1997 flood (A. Snyder, oral commun. 2013).

Selected Streamflow Peaks

Site ID Gaging Station Peak (cubic feet per second)
10296000 West Walker River below Little Walker River near Coleville, CA 5,800
10296500 West Walker River near Coleville, CA 6,500


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