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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Reign of the Sierra Storm King with Mark McLaughlin April 9 at Camp Richardson

Posted on April 3, 2013
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Weather is his passion, and the facts he has ferreted out about Lake Tahoe and Truckee will astound and surprise you.

Award-winning author and nationally published Lake Tahoe weather historian Mark McLaughlin will present the history of the most devastating storms to hit the Sierra during the “Reign of the Sierra Storm King” on April 9th at 7 pm at the Lodge at Camp Richardson Resort. Mark’s presentation captures the compelling stories and dramatic images of railroad crews fighting mountain blizzards and deadly avalanches.

Presented by the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, this fascinating history lesson is free.  Refreshments will be served, but space is limited, so arrive early.

Residents and travelers in the Sierra Nevada endure some of the most brutal winter storms in the world. Snowfall measured in feet, wind gusts in excess of 180 mph, destructive avalanches and wind chills far below zero conspire to wreak havoc on anyone caught unprepared.

This presentation captures the compelling stories and dramatic images of railroad crews fighting mountain blizzards and deadly avalanches. During the ferocious winter of 1952, extreme weather shut down the railroad and highway system, while powerful snowstorms forced the evacuation of marines conducting winter survival training.

Rampaging floods and bitter cold waves also play important roles in this zone of wild weather. How is climate change impacting this beautiful part of the world?

Participants will have an opportunity to meet the author, Mark McLaughlin, and possibly have him sign one of his award-winning books. A prolific writer with newspaper and magazine columns, Mark has appeared on The Weather Channel, The History Channel, PBS, and in several historical documentaries.

Camp Richardson is located on Emerald Bay Road about 1/2 mile from the “Y” at South Lake Tahoe. For more information, please contact the Lake Tahoe Historical Society.

And be sure to visit the South Lake Tahoe History Museum located at 3058 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

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