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Nevada: driest state in the nation

Compared to other states, Nevada as a whole is awfully arid.

It holds the title as the driest state in the nation with the least rain or snowfall — a mere 9.5 inches compared to Hawaii, which tops the country when it comes to wet with 63.7 inches.

Nevada even lags behind bordering Utah’s 12.2 inches, Arizona’s 13.6 inches, Idaho’s 18.9, Oregon’s 27.4 and California’s 40 inches.

That makes water a precious commodity for Nevada ranchers who need it for their livestock, farmers who can’t grow crops without it and Nevadans who simply count on it to flow out of their kitchen taps and shower heads.

With those concerns in mind, researchers with the Nevada System of Higher Education are nearing the end of a five-year project that looks at the effects of regional climate change on water resources and ecosystems in Nevada.

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NSF Climate Change Science for Effective Resource Management Workshop


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Nevada climate, environmental data network to inform research, community

Higher Ed institutions collaborate for real-time monitoring of climate and hazards

RENO, Nev. – Climate data from 13 geospatial monitoring stations across the Great Basin are being made available to researchers, educators and the public by a group of researchers from the Nevada System of Higher Education. They have developed the long-term climate monitoring network specifically designed to measure variations in climate change and are now working to broaden the network’s reach to include the all types of hazard monitoring in the region.

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