Storm total in Syzdekistan was 0.45 inches. The Flood Control District gauge at Rainbow and Oakey is close to my house and recorded
0.35 inches so I wonder if my gauge needs to be mounted a little higher on the fence post. It could be that large raindrops hitting the top of the post are splashing into the gauge causing it read high. I’ll check it against my electronic gauge later.

Or maybe I just got a little more rain.

This morning the puddles had skins of ice and the mountains around the valley are covered in snow. I love this time of year.

640 am PM PST Tue Dec 8 2009

… First widespread precipitation event of the cold season…

An area of low pressure moved southward across California and into Nevada on Monday bringing the first widespread precipitation event of the 2009-2010 cold season to the Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin. Precipitation fell as all snow over the higher elevations. In the lower elevations… precipitation fell as all rain in most of the Mojave Desert while over the southern Great Basin fell mostly as snow.

Many locations saw their wettest day since the monsoon season and in some instances since the last major wet cold season storm in February.

… Las Vegas Valley…

Widespread rain fell across the Las Vegas Valley Monday afternoon and evening before tapering off. Isolated showers fell in the valley shortly after midnight. This was the most rain to fall in the valley since thunderstorms brought rain to parts of the valley back in early September. In some cases the rain that fell this evening was the most since June or July since the thunderstorm event on September 4th primarily affected the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley.

At McCarran International Airport…

Total rainfall Monday… 0.28 inch
total rainfall so far this year… 1.58 inches

Last time at least a tenth (0.10) of an inch of precipitation fell at this location… July 20th when 0.24 inch of rain fell

Wettest days this year so far…
1. February 7th… 0.58 inch
2. December 7th… 0.28 inch +++
3. July 20th… 0.24 inch
4. June 24th… 0.10 inch
5. February 9th… 0.08 inch

Some other rainfall totals from across the Las Vegas Valley…

Henderson – Wagon Wheel… … … 0.90 inch
Vandenburg basin – NE valley… .0.79 inch
east Henderson… … … … … … 0.67 inch
North Valley #2 ccfcd gauge… ..0.59 inch
range wash at Las Vegas Blvd… .0.59 inch
Tule Springs State Park… … … 0.59 inch
Summerlin north… … … … … ..0.54 inch
Craig & Decatur – nlv… … … ..0.52 inch
west aliante… … … … … … ..0.48 inch
Centennial hills… … … … … .0.47 inch
North Las Vegas Airport… … … 0.46 inch
downtown Las Vegas… … … … ..0.39 inch
Rainbow and oakey… … … … … 0.35 inch
mountains edge… … … … … … 0.32 inch
NWS Las Vegas office… … … … 0.32 inch
the lakes… … … … … … … ..0.31 inch
anthem… … … … … … … … ..0.28 inch
Nellis Air Force base… … … ..0.26 inch
Henderson Executive Airport… ..0.24 inch
Pittman wash at wigwam… … … .0.24 inch
Rhodes ranch… … … … … … ..0.18 inch

… Elsewhere…

… Southern Nevada…

… Clark County…
Rainbow Canyon snotel… … … ..2.10 inch
bristlecone Pine trail snotel… 1.00 inch
Laughlin – spotter… … … … ..0.88 inch
Boulder City – cemp site… … ..0.54 inch
Mesquite – cemp site… … … … 0.46 inch
Bunkerville – spotter… … … ..0.42 inch
calnevari – mesonet site… … ..0.39 inch
Overton – cemp site… … … … .0.38 inch

… Central and southern Nye County…
Pahrump – cemp site… … … … .0.25 inch *
Beatty – cemp site… … … … ..0.17 inch
desert rock Airport… … … … .0.07 inch
Amargosa Valley – cemp site… ..0.06 inch

… Southeast California…

… Inyo County…
Shoshone – cemp site… … … … 0.33 inch

… San Bernardino County deserts…
Morongo Valley north co-op… … 1.20 inch
Joshua Tree mesonet… … … … .0.94 inch
Yucca Valley mesonet… … … … 0.86 inch
Needles Airport… … … … … ..0.70 inch
Landers mesonet… … … … … ..0.65 inch
Trona co-op… … … … … … … 0.58 inch
squaw Springs RAWS… … … … ..0.54 inch
Twentynine Palms mcas… … … ..0.43 inch
Opal Mountain RAWS… … … … ..0.33 inch
Barstow-Daggett Airport… … … 0.20 inch
Mojave River Sink mesonet… … .0.11 inch

… Northwest Arizona…

… Mohave County…
Cedar Hills M.C. Mesonet… … ..3.62 inch
Gold Road crest M.C. Mesonet… .2.80 inch
pinion pines M.C. Mesonet… … .2.28 inch
Cedar Hills mesonet… … … … .1.89 inch
Willow Spring M.C. Mesonet… … 1.81 inch
Wikieup M.C. Mesonet… … … … 1.70 inch
Bull Mountain M.C. Mesonet… … 1.54 inch
Mineral Park M.C. Mesonet… … .1.46 inch
Cave Spring M.C. Mesonet… … ..1.42 inch
Wikieup mesonet… … … … … ..1.25 inch
Union Pass RAWS… … … … … ..1.20 inch
Coyote Pass M.C. Mesonet… … ..1.19 inch
Golden Valley M.C. Mesonet… … 1.18 inch
Bullhead City M.C. Mesonet… … 0.99 inch
Olaf Knolls RAWS… … … … … .0.95 inch
Mohave Valley – spotter… … … 0.90 inch
Beaver Dam co-op… … … … … .0.68 inch
havasu RAWS… … … … … … … 0.55 inch
Kingman Airport… … … … … ..0.53 Inch
Lake Havasu City co-op… … … .0.35 Inch
Lake Mead city M.C. Mesonet… ..0.28 inch

* indicates Guage likely froze and not all precipitation was
measured.