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NWS Weather Bulletin: Smoke Impacts to Continue as Thunderstorm Risks Increase

Forecasters at the National Weather Service’s office in Reno are warning Honey Lake Valley residents to expect widespread thick smoke, mainly from the Dixie Fire, that will continue to impact the region at least through tonight, and possibly Tuesday.

There will be periods late in the day today where air quality could improve somewhat around Reno-Tahoe and the Eastern Sierra. However for the most part you should expect poor air quality to persist, especially at night and in the mornings.

Limit the intensity and duration of outdoor activities. Poor air quality could result in postponed or cancelled outdoor events.


A rather solid monsoon moisture surge will bring increasing thunderstorm chances to the area through much of the coming week.

Thunderstorms are possible Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons over much of the region including Reno-Tahoe, Fallon and Susanville.

There are also indications of a cluster of pre-dawn thunderstorms moving through early Tuesday morning, which given the unusual time of day, could catch many people off-guard.

A significant concern with these storms is the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding on recent burn scars such as the Beckwourth Complex and ongoing fires such as the Tamarack Fire.

It only takes 5-10 minutes of heavy rains to result in debris flows on these burn areas. Additional impacts include outflow winds to 50mph, lightning with new fire starts outside
storm cores, and small hail.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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