Winter weather comes back to the area, with snow showers likely in Reno starting early Thursday. Valley accumulations could range from trace amounts to a few inches, with approximately twice that amount possible for the mountains. High temperatures will drop to the 30s through Friday, before climbing back into the 40s for the weekend. Another storm series come through at the first of next week.
Yesterday I said the air temperature in and out of the sun is nearly the same. For those that do object, you might seek to prove your point by taking a thermometer and laying it in the sun. See?! Look at how the reading immediately rises when it is in the sun. The air must be warmer.
Au contraire! While the reading on the thermometer will be much higher in the direct sunlight, that doesn’t mean the air temperature is higher, only that the temperature of the thermometer is higher. Just as the sun’s radiation heats your skin and makes it hotter than the surrounding air, so also it heats the thermometer casing. That’s why it is so important to place your thermometer in a well ventilated, shaded location in order to assure an accurate air temperature reading.