Dry microbursts from nearby thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 71 mph in the Reno/Sparks area around 6 PM July 1, 2014. This timelapse was taken from 2 to 7 PM with images every 30 seconds. A super dry airmass below the clouds with humidity of only 5-8% contributed to an environment favorable for microbursts. Microbursts are downward directed pulses of wind from thunderstorms that slam into the ground producing intense winds that can result in damage. View in 720p HD mode.
National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office