As the flow from an open trough offshore comes in from the southwest, it should stabilize our airmass over western Nevada and kick any thunderstorms off to the east of us. As a result the skies should clear out over the greater Reno and Lake Tahoe areas, although a few afternoon clouds could pop up in the valleys. Temperatures will remain mild on Thursday in the upper-80s before warming to the low 90s over the weekend and the mid-90s by the middle of next week.

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Yesterday, I mentioned metal poles in a tent probably wouldn’t make it more dangerous in a thunderstorm. But don’t think it’s safe. The most important thing to do when faced with the threat of lightning is to get yourself out of its way, regardless of the materials around you.

Lightning is a lot like a shark… as soon as you think you have it figured out, it will turn around and bite you. So it’s always better to err on the side of caution whenever you hear the first clap of thunder. While it’s not always possible, the best move is always indoors into a substantial building. Stay away from windows, exterior walls, and plugged in phones and appliances.

Thunderstorm and lightning, at dusk

But as the original writer indicated, sometimes you are out in the wilderness…what do you do then? Tune in tomorrow.

 

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