We are setting ourselves up for a pretty unsettled stretch in our weather for the next several days. A low pressure center will close off and drop down just to the south of the greater Reno area, circulating around a series of mainly (but not exclusively) afternoon thundershowers. The odds are at least even on Thursday you will get caught in one if you are outside, and the temperature will drop into the low 70s. The low hangs out in the region right into the weekend, although high temperatures will warm back up to the upper-70s Friday and the 80s through the rest of the weekend with a decent chance of thunderstorms each day.

Courtesy Bluecoyotegallery.com

Courtesy Bluecoyotegallery.com

From a fire danger standpoint the recent rains have provided some benefits in that it might help forestall the drying out of the fuels, which in turn helps the fire situation in the short term. (The counter argument to that is that it will also help grow light fuels like grasses and weeds, but I’m a glass half-full kind of guy.) But as for filling up reservoirs and the like, the effect is pretty small. Keep in mind; just because it rains hard in one spot, with these kinds of thunderstorms, it’s only raining over a very small percentage of the region at any one time.

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