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Nevada Historic Markers in Washoe County: Mount Rose Weather Observatory

Nevada Historical Marker 230
Mount Rose Weather Observatory
SR 431 Summit
Mount Rose

Nevada Historical Marker 230: Mount Rose Weather Observatory

17 March 2016
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Mount Rose Weather Observatory

Two miles to the northwest of this point lies Mt. Rose. On the 10,778-foot summit, Dr. James Edward Church of the University of Nevada established one of America's first high-altitude meterological observatories on June 29, 1905. At the observatory, he carried out his famed snow studies and developed the modern science of snow survey. Dr. Church's Nevada system of snow survey is used throughout the world today to predict seasonal water flow from precipitation stored as snow pack. In his honor, the north summit of Mt. Rose has been named "Church Peak".

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