In a weather anomaly for the season, Stouts Meadow, located near the headwaters of the McCloud River at 5,400 feet, took over first place this week for the highest precipitation in California.

In a weather anomaly for the season, Stouts Meadow, located near the headwaters of the McCloud River at 5,400 feet, took over first place this week for the highest precipitation in California.

The certified weather station at Stouts Meadow has recorded 111.58 inches of precipitation this season, reported the US Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the station.

Last week’s 0.53 inches, which arrived in a light storm that skimmed over the north state and missed points to the south, raised the total over the top of the previous leader, the Venado station. Venado is located north of Guerneville in the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County, and has counted 111.50 inches of precipitation. It is certified and monitored by the Department of Water Resources.

Over the years, Gasquet on the Smith River in Del Norte County, Honeydew on the Mattole River of southern Humboldt County and Four Trees on the Upper Feather River in Plumas County traditionally record the highest rain and snow totals in California.

Of these, only Four Trees on the Upper Feather at 5,150 feet has topped 100 inches for the season, with 106.10 inches.

In another weather anomaly, temperatures hit 70 degrees at Scott Mountain last week and caused the highest snowmelt rate of the season, with 38.7 inches of snowmelt in a week. The rate of snowmelt is usually about 2 to 3 inches per day. On the flank of Mount Shasta, Sand Flat at 6,750 feet melted off 20 inches of snow last week, leaving it with a base depth of 89.5 inches.

Volunteers at TomStienstra.com provide the Mount Shasta Area Newspapers’ weather service.