Spring 2014 was not kind to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada — it skimped on rain showers, making this past meteorological spring (March 1 – May 31) one of the driest on record! There was only a trace of measurable rain (less than 0.01 inches) this past spring.
This ties 1950 and 1959 for the driest meteorological spring on record for Las Vegas. For comparison, a normal meteorological spring for Las Vegas sees 0.71 inches of rain. There were only 5 days with a measurable trace of precipitation recorded this spring, matched only by the spring of 1959. Spring of 1950 saw 8 days of trace precipitation. Official records for Las Vegas date back to 1937.
The same drought that is plaguing California, and other western areas of the U.S., has not ignored Las Vegas, putting the city’s primary water source (Lake Mead) in peril. The water levels at Lake Mead, which supplies 90% of the city’s water, have been steadily declining over the past 14 years, largely due to the ongoing drought conditions of the Colorado River. Las Vegas is currently in a severe drought according to http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.
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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team