While there is still some danger of flooding in some areas, the situation is looking a little less dire than it did a day ago. Heavy rain is still expected through mid-day Saturday, after which some cooler air will move into the area, dropping snow levels to near pass level, but it will also dry out the flow pretty quickly as well. Areal Flood Watches are still in effect through Saturday for nearly all of western Nevada and the mountains around Lake Tahoe. Flood Warnings have been lifted for the Truckee River through downtown Reno, but remain in effect for the river in the town of Truckee (where moderate flooding is expected) as well as through the Sparks Industrial area, where minor flooding is still possible.
High winds will follow the heavy rain Saturday, gusting to 60 mph or more in the valley, and with wet soils some tree falls are a real possibility.
As we get to Sunday, the skies should clear and the winds should drop. We will stay dry until mid-week, where a couple more weaker storms are lined up to come through.
Dan Rider said:
Hi Mike, What’s the difference between an atmospheric river and a pineapple express? If there is a difference, what’s happening today?
Mike Alger said:
Hi Dan. They are essentially the same thing. Several years ago they changed the name from Pineapple Express to Atmospgeric River to better represent what’s going on up there, as well as to make it a more universal term. A Pinepple Express implies it starts ner the Hawaiian Islands, and while many of them do, they don’t all originate there. They can actually happen many places around the globe.
The one that we have just experienced actually originated well north of the Hawaiian Islands.