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Past articles by Mike:

Alger: First freeze of the season on Monday morning

Alger: First freeze of the season on Monday morning → Read More

Alger: Weather dry and sunny over the next week

We will continue with the dry and sunny weather over the next week, with the temperatures starting at about 80 degrees on Monday, and then rising steadily with near record high temperatures in the low 90s expected by the middle to latter part of the week. Once we get past next week there is some indication that the strong ridge of high pressure will start to breakdown and we could see some… → Read More

Alger: Handing over the weather column

“So long, and thanks for all the fish…” With apologies to Douglas Adams, it’s been a great run. Since the Reno Gazette Journal invited me to share this little space on the back page of the front section on January 1, 2001, you have invited me into your reading home somewhere around 5,400 times. I’ve gotten to act as both teacher and student, with material mostly gleaned from the inquisitive… → Read More

Alger: The power of positive lightning

Yesterday, I mentioned that “positive” lightning originates from the top of a thunderstorm cloud instead of the bottom, such as the case for the more common “negative” lightning. As such, positive lightning can be much more dangerous than negative (not that negative is anything to sneeze at). First of all, a positive lightning bolt is generally much longer than a negative one, since it has to… → Read More

Alger: Record streak’s end is near

While it may or may not happen in the next couple of days, it does look like our long (record setting) string of 90 degree plus days will be coming to an end, while all the time remaining sunny and dry. High temperatures Friday and Saturday will be right around 90 degrees, before a dry cold front drops down from the northwest bringing highs back down into the 80s by the first of next week. That… → Read More

Alger: Slight cooling is coming

While we are still likely to add a few more days onto our streak of 90 degree days, there does appear to be some relief from the heat on the way. Skies will still remain mostly clear through the next week, with occasional haze and smoke drifting into the region from the fires to our west, and temperatures will drop by the weekend to around 90 degrees. As we head into the next week, a trough of… → Read More

Alger: Sunny days, breezy afternoons

The dry and sunny weather should continue through the rest of the week, and we will probably add to the record setting number of days we have broken the 90 degree mark (52 days and counting), although we could get close to dropping below that mark as high temperatures are expected to barely top the 90 degree mark all week long. Otherwise, sunny skies with moderately breezy afternoons will stay… → Read More

Alger: A sunny, dry week in store

The dry and sunny conditions will continue through the rest of the week, and although the temperatures will still stay slightly on the warm side of average, they won’t be chasing any records. A low pressure center has snuck into the Pacific Northwest, which will cool us slightly into the low 90s and upper 80s in western Nevada, but the westerly flow will keep our skies sunny and will make our… → Read More

Alger: Warm, dry weather will continue

Our dry weather will continue for the next week, with some afternoon breezes and warm temperatures throughout. For Monday, some areas of smoke and haze could still pop up off and on through the day, but generally sunny and clear skies will bring a high in the mid-90s, temperatures and conditions that should remain fairly constant through the rest of the work week and into the weekend. Matt… → Read More

Alger: Dry, warm days are ahead

The outlook for the next week is fairly simple: dry and warm. A strong ridge of high pressure will still allow a stabilizing westerly flow to keep our skies clear and move any thunderstorms well to our east. Varying amounts of haze and smoke will still drift through the region, but the concentration of that will depend in large part on the progress or lack thereof on the fires that are burning… → Read More

Alger: A return to sunny and dry

A stabilizing westerly flow will return to the region Thursday, knocking out the afternoon thunderstorm development, and bringing back sunny and dry conditions. Afternoon winds will kick up to the 10-15 mph range with gusts to 30 mph. Some haze and smoke is possible in varying amounts. Sunny weather will stay in the region through the middle of next week with highs ranging from the mid to upper… → Read More

Alger: Things to start stablilizing

A few thunderstorms could still pop up in the region Wednesday afternoon, as some monsoonal moisture will stick around for another day, but the trend will be for things to stabilize as we head through the rest of the week. Temperatures will stay in the mid-90s through the work week before rising to the upper 90s over the weekend under clear skies. We’ve been talking about the Heat Index. Let’s… → Read More

Alger: T-storms might appear Tuesday

So far it has been a pretty dry summer, with only a few patterns that produce thunderstorms. We may break back into the pattern briefly Tuesday as a light southerly flow could bring up some monsoonal moisture as far north as the Reno area, although it appears the bulk of the action will be in the mountains and to our south. High temperatures will top out in the mid-90s most of the week, before… → Read More

Alger: Heat to ease off a bit

While the triple digit temperatures will back off slightly (falling to the mid-90s by the first of next week), various amounts of smoke and haze will still likely plague the region through the next week or so. A few afternoon clouds will begin to build up Saturday and Sunday, and by the first of next week, scattered thunderstorms could move back into the region, bringing a slight chance of… → Read More

Alger: Some breezes for Friday

While the supply of fresh smoke into the region isn’t likely to slow down much, some late afternoon winds on Friday could help clear out some of the smoke in our area. The downside to that is the additional breeze could heat up the fire situation itself. Temperatures remain high, topping out near 100 degrees on Friday before dropping slightly into the mid-90s by the end of the weekend. Dry… → Read More

Alger: Heat is sticking with us

Smoke, haze and near to record temperatures will stick around the region for the foreseeable future. Light morning winds and mild afternoon breezes will do little to flush out the smoke already in the region, and the dominating ridge of high pressure is showing no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. Low triple digit highs on Thursday will ease back into the mid to upper 90s by the weekend. So… → Read More

Alger: Heat sticking with us

The heat will continue in triple digit realms for another couple of days, accompanied by generally light winds, the lack of which will be helpful for the firefighting efforts, but will be unlikely to do much to clear up our poor air quality. A slow cooling trend into the weekend will drop the highs back into the mid-90s by the first of next week, and may allow just enough afternoon breeze to… → Read More

Alger: Fire danger high with winds

Strong winds will accompany a cooling temperature profile to create a very dangerous fire situation through Saturday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for nearly all of Northern Nevada and northeastern California, with winds in the afternoon expected to gust to as high as 40 mph in the foothills and wind prone valley locations. Humidity will likely stay below 15%. On a positive note, high… → Read More

Alger: Cooler weather on the way

We do have some cooling weather coming our way this weekend, with Friday’s high temperature dropping to the mid-90s and Saturday and Sunday’s to the low-90s, all under mostly sunny skies. But that cooling will bring breezy conditions, and kick up the fire danger to the Red Flag Warning level Friday and Saturday. Varying amounts of smoke and haze will also visit the area. As we head into the next… → Read More

Alger: Fire danger remains high

As the westerly flow slowly picks up across western Nevada and the northern Sierra, the scorching temperatures will slowly start to ease as we head into the weekend. While that, along with the accompanying west winds could help clear a little of the smoke out of some areas, it will also increase the fire danger and could result in worse smoke in some areas directly downwind from the major… → Read More