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October 24, 2014

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Light rain at McCarran brings end to Las Vegas’ dry streak

Las Vegas’ dry streak is over at 57 days.

The National Weather Service’s official Las Vegas station at McCarran International Airport recorded a trace of rain shortly before 4 p.m. today, according to NWS meteorologist Ryan Metzger.

The sputtering rain didn’t produce enough precipitation to be measured, but still, “it brings our consecutive dry day streak to a halt,” Metzger said.

The last time it rained at McCarran before this afternoon was Dec. 4.

The rainless days streak was the longest wintertime (December to February) stretch since the National Weather Service started keeping records in Las Vegas. The previous winter record was 47 days set in 1960-61.

While only a trace was recorded at McCarran, Metzger said several stations across the Las Vegas Valley had measurable precipitation today, notably at the North Las Vegas airport (.06 of an inch) and Nellis Air Force Base (.02 of an inch). A weather observer on Mount Charleston reported 2 inches of new snow at Kyle Canyon, Metzger said.

The precipitation, though, is likely to clear out of the area with no return in the immediate future, Metzger said.

Though the 57 days was a winter weather, the all-time consecutive days record was not in danger of being upended. That record was 150 days, from Feb. 22, 1959, through July 21, 1959.

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