Strong winds and low humidity will once again kick off a Red Flag Warning across western Nevada and the eastern Sierra front for Thursday. A dry cold front will drop down out ahead of a flow pressure center in Washington, resulting in high temperatures in the low 90s and upper 80s through Friday, and gusty Thursday winds. After the front passes through, temperatures will slowly rebound into the lower 90s Saturday, and will continue to rise into the triple digit range by the middle of next week.
Most of you know that the reason we are warmer in the summer (in our hemisphere) is because we are tilted toward the sum in this portion of our yearly trip around the sun. And in fact, we are tilted the most toward the sun on the summer solstice. So why isn’t this the hottest time of the year? It all has to do with energy balance. The long days cause us to gain more heat during the day that we lose at night. That extra heat gain causes the average temperature to rise for about another month until the days get short enough for the trend to reverse, which happens in mid to late July.