Smoke hangs over Antelope Valley on Thursday morning in Topaz Ranch Estates.
John Flaherty | Special to The R-C
Genoa, Nev. — On the eve of the Labor Day weekend, there aren’t a lot of formal events going on. Keep in mind that many offices are closed Monday. If you have pressing business with the government, you probably should take care of that today.
Marine 8 on Topaz Lake responded to some boaters who were caught by the wind and having difficulty getting their craft out of the water around 1 p.m. Thursday. Everything worked out, but there’s another lake wind advisory 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
The south wind was blowing at Minden-Tahoe Airport for most of the night with 20 mph sustained winds and gusts of 35 mph, according to the automated weather system. I can’t tell it rained anywhere in the county, but that could change today.
It was a little less smoky last night than Wednesday night, but the air quality took a bit of a hit thanks to the forest fires burning 200 miles northwest of Minden in far northern California.
Those fires have burned roughly 221 square miles with a 40-mile wide swath of northwestern California and don’t look like they’re slowing down much. Firefighters don’t expect to get a line around the Smith River Complex until after Thanksgiving.
We could see some snow on the upper peaks of the Sierra over the weekend, but if there’s precipitation, it will be rain down in the Valley.
The haze is forecast to stick around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today before it clears out. There’s a slight chance of showers increasing after 2 p.m. The wind will pick up to 20-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph this afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-782-5122.