Thunderstorm drives wall of dust west
May 22, 2014
On Thursday night a strong thunderstorm drove a wall of dust west out of the desert, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an alert for all of Western Nevada. While the wall hit Reno and Sparks, it stalled in Mason Valley, and never arrived in Carson Valley.
The storm, known as a Haboob, hit Reno at about 9 p.m. with suspended particles of dust limiting visibility to less than a quarter mile in Reno and Hidden Valley.
Winds of up 40-50 mph driven by a powerful thunderstorm drove the dust out of the deserts.
The storm's southern flank stopped in Mason Valley where winds east of Yerington climped to nearly 30 mph around 10 p.m., while it was completely still in Carson Valley.
The storm appeared on National Weather Service radar and was east of the Pine Nut Mountains at 8:40 p.m.
More precipitation fell in Minden over the course of 72 hours this week than in March and April combined.
Weather Watcher Stan Kapler reported 1.5 inches fell from a rain storm that parked over Carson Valley on Tuesday through Thursday.
The National Weather Service reported 7 inches of snow fell on Kingsbury Grade Tuesday morning, requiring chain controls for perhaps the last time this season.