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.
Here’s more weather information than you want to know, whether you need it or not!
- The Weather Underground for Gerlach A good weather page that provides current weather, 3-day forecast, plus extended forecast for Gerlach, Nevada (or any other city in the U.S.). Gerlach is to be the closest city to the Burning Man site with a local weather forecast available.
- National Weather Service’s Nevada Page Also provides current weather plus three day forecast for all Nevada cities that track local weather. Highlight the city of choice (Gerlach), click, and you’re there.
- The Real Time Weather Data satellite page Beautiful current satellite photos. Select WMC for an image centered on Winnemuca.
Whiteouts & Playa Dust
- When the wind comes, seek immediate shelter. Now’s the time to use that dust mask and goggles you brought.
- If you’re far from shelter, sit down, turn your back to the wind, cover your face, and wait it out.
- Be alert for moving vehicles.
- If you are driving a vehicle, stop and wait for the whiteout to pass. You will not be able to see where you are going and could injure yourself or others.
- Weight the interior corners of your tent. Rebar makes excellent stakes but the ends must be capped or bent into a candy cane shape to prevent foot or leg injuries.