So named because of its snowy appearance resulting from the high volume of mist it generates. Nevada means snowy in Spanish and I am embarrassed to say that I never appreciated that fact before. Even knowing that the Italian word is nevoso, I never made the connection. When I think of the state of Nevada, I do not think of snow. The one time I was there, for a winter wedding, it was quite hot. People like to joke about how Greenland is misleadingly named, but I’ve never heard say the same for Nevada.