California Drought Improvement

The recent rains in California have helped alleviate the drought, but an exceptional drought still covers much of the area.   Here is a look at what the drought looked like last week. Much improvement, especially in the northern parts of California, but still a long way to go.   More rain is heading toward […]

Reno, Nevada Tornado Experiment Goes Wrong

The tornado experiment in the Discovery Park in Reno, Nevada went horribly wrong this evening. According to sources, the experiment, which simulated a tornado, caused an explosion in the building. Several children were treated for minor injuries in the explosion. According to an rgj article, several children were transported to the hospital for minor burns. […]

Monsoon Brings Rain Chances to Southwest U.S.

Flash flood watches are in effect for most the southwest U.S. as an area of surface low pressure over Nevada will allow for southerly winds to pull monsoonal moisture in this region. Check out the latest advisory map from the NWS showing a large area of counties shaded in dark green which indicates a flash […]


A microburst is defined by the National Weather Service as follows: A convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2½ miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage. When it comes to understanding […]

California Suffering Through Drought

California is currently suffering through one of its worst droughts in decades.  A limited amount of rainfall coupled with a depleted snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the two main reasons to blame, according to NASA: “California is undergoing its most severe drought in decades, due in part to decreased rainfall and reduced […]