Triple digit temperatures will be with us for the next several days as a strong and flat ridge of high pressure remains across the southwestern US. The upper level flow around the high will allow a significant amount of smoke from wildfires in the Monterey area to drift into our region, keeping our skies hazy and possibly unhealthy for the time being. Look for a high in the low 100s in Reno Tuesday and Wednesday, and could reach a record high in the mid-100s Thursday before a few clouds and a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms comes in by the end of the week.

heat lightning

My recent column stating lightning is always accompanied by thunder was challenged by Robert Quinlan: “I’m sure you have some qualifier working here.  I grew up on the East Coast.  Summers were always hot and humid. We frequently had “heat lightning” during nights when the temperature was still high after sunset.  There was no thunder.”

So if a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it still make a sound? Yes it does! It’s not that the “heat lightning” didn’t cause thunder, it’s just you couldn’t hear it. More tomorrow.

 

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