December 20, 2014
Weather experts say the recent spate of thunderstorms across western Nevada is a little out of the normal, and is likely to continue.
"We've had an extended period of it, and that's somewhat unusual,"said Kelly Redmond of the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno.
So far, the monsoon-driven storms of the past week and a half have come with sufficient rain to prevent the many lightning strikes from triggering large wildfires.
On Monday, some 740 lightning strikes were recorded across the region with 73 reaching the ground, forecasters said.
Localized heavy rain fell in parts of the Truckee Meadows, with some areas receiving a quarter-inch of rain in 10 minutes.
The series of storms began with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico left over from hurricane Claudette and the flow of soggy air has continued since.
After a brief respite, storm activity was expected to pick up across the region again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, forecasters said.