Sunshine will return to western Nevada on Wednesday as a ridge of high pressure slowly builds back onto the west coast. With clear skies overnight low temperatures will once again get cold enough to give the possibility of some light frosts on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. A band of clouds will pass through the region Thursday as a weak and mostly dry cold front passes over us, followed by sunshine again on Friday. Temperatures will be seasonable (mid to upper 60s) into the weekend.
Jeanie Smith from Wellington wrote with something you don’t see every day: “Why is my 35 year old apple tree blooming? I have never heard of this happening in October!” While rare, it isn’t unheard of. Sometimes trees can go dormant during unusually warm periods, and then when it cools off, they can “wake up” as if it were spring. It’s kind of the opposite thing that happens in the winter into spring (very cold turning into warmer) but if you think about it, the temperatures we’ve had this last week are pretty close to what we would have in the spring when they normally bloom. Apparently it isn’t harmful to the trees, and there’s no reason to expect they won’t bloom again in the spring.