A big, strong ridge of high pressure over the Great Basin will send our temperatures to near record level the next few days. Mostly sunny skies will be paired with high temperatures in the low 70s through Thursday. The ridge breaks down slightly toward the end of the work week, but apart from a few clouds and a drop in temperatures into the mid-60s, there really won’t be much of an effect from it.
This has certainly been a sunny November so far, much to the delight of golfers and the chagrin of skiers everywhere. The sunny skies might have prompted George to ask the following: “Who is responsible for determining the exact moment of sunrise? And, at what point on Reno’s mountainous horizon is sunrise and sunset determined?” The U.S. Naval Observatory is generally recognized as the “official” arbiter of sunrise and sunset times. These times are calculated assuming a flat horizon and it is based on latitude and longitude. If you have any mountains between you and the sun (and who doesn’t around here?) then the actual time you see the sun (called “Visual Sunrise”) will be later than the official time. More tomorrow.