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Radical Weather at Burning Man

7 Aug 2017, 9:06 pm

In just about three weeks the Burning Man event will attract thousands of people to the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nevada.  

The event starts the weekend before Labor Day and ends on Labor Day Monday.  Participants at Burning Man must be prepared survive in a harsh environment with quickly changing weather conditions. Radical Self-reliance is a requirement to participate in Burning Man. The generally, inhospitable alkaline playa can have greatly varying weather conditions for the event from year to year..

“Weather on the playa is often violent and unpredictable. Dust storms, high winds, freezing temperatures, rain, we get it all out there It’s impossible to be overly prepared when it comes to the elements” (

In 2014, too much rain delayed some people from entering the event which continued with drier conditions following the delay.  Weather in late August/early September is typically warm, but some forget that it can be downright freezing at times.

℅ Raymond Solorzano

Through the morning on Monday (August, 7 2017) the playa was reportedly closed to traffic due to puddles left from thunderstorms the night before.  This temporarily halted some of the ongoing preparations for the event. The fresh rain also altered the alkaline surface to what could be referred to as Playa Chips.

℅ Raymond Solorzano


Meteorologist Mike Morrison

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