Jeff Jardine

February 3, 2014

Deluge in the Sierra, foothills turned Valley into a lake in winter of 1861-62, experts confirm

Did it really rain 102 inches in the Mother Lode from Nov. 11, 1861, to Jan. 23, 1862? That’s what a local doctor reported in readings dating back to the Civil War era and numbers that drew skepticism among weather experts. Experts confirm it. That, and other juicy items on a Tidbit Tuesday.

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