RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Monday’s rainfall is not putting a dent in drought conditions in Reno. Climatologists said the rain is not even close to a drought buster.
Still, they said the rain brings a tiny bit of precipitation, and also cuts down on evaporation for a day or two. "It would be a barely noticeable dent that a rain like this is going to bring to Northern Nevada," said Dr. Kelly Redmond.
Redmond is the Regional Climatologist of the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute. He said Monday’s rain isn't really helping our region’s water supply. "Because we're so far behind and these amounts are so small in comparison, they’re not going to get a lot in the mountains, I doubt out of this particular system, at least so far."
Redmond said he calls Monday’s rain gentle or mild, which the soil is able to keep up with. "This type of rain is more effective in recharging the soil column, compared with the spotty, heavy type rains from the thundershowers that we saw a little while ago."
Still, Redmond said the rain has only brought about a tenth of an inch throughout the Truckee Meadows, as of Monday afternoon. But he said the consistency of the rainfall is unusual for our area. "We have a low pressure system sitting south of us, which means the rainstorms and the rainfall clouds are coming in from the east and moving to the west. This is the opposite way that they usually go."
Redmond said it would take around a half-inch or inch of rain at this point in the year to actually make a difference to our areas drought conditions. He said ultimately, our region needs a winter type of rain or snow to get us out of the drought.