After a couple of very active thunderstorm days, the pattern will slowly start to stabilize, starting from the west. A weak low pressure center just off the California coast will move onshore, shifting the dynamics to the east. While a Wednesday afternoon isolated thunderstorm in the Reno area isn’t out of the question, most of the activity should move slightly to the east, with partly cloudy skies in Reno proper. Temperatures will rebound to the mid-90s by Thursday and will approach triple digits by the weekend. That extra heat and another weak offshore low will bring back a slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm on Saturday.
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen our fair share of thunder and lightning. Deanna, wondered: “You said there is never lightning without thunder, even if it is inaudible from being too far away. OK, I can live with that. My question is: Can there be thunder without lightning?”
Thunder by definition is the sound that lightning makes, so no, you can’t have thunder without lightning somewhere. In all likelihood, the bolt of lightning that Deanna heard (but didn’t see) was either behind a cloud or perhaps behind the mountains.