August 20th, 2013  |  Filed under Building BRC

Lots of Lightning, and Some Rain

August 20th, 2013  |  Filed under Building BRC
Lightning was striking all around Black Rock City last night. The green glow in the lower left of the photo was the green neon of the Man, which was lit up for the first time Tuesday night

Lightning was striking all around Black Rock City. The green glow in the lower left of the photo was the green neon of the Man, which was lit up for the first time Tuesday night

A powerful storm cell hit Black Rock City about 10:45 on Tuesday night, causing staff to put into effect a Level 0 rain contingency plan, which meant that all driving was halted, and people were told to seek shelter.

Lightning had been striking all around the city for most of the night, but when the storm hit, a whiteout wiped out any view of the skies.

Consistent weather forecasts in the previous days calling for rain and thunderstorms had put Burning Man staff on notice, and supplies of water were monitored, and light towers were set up around the city as the storm cell approached.

Even though there had been lighting for hours, the rain came with a sudden fury. Playa dust turns almost instantly to impassable mud, and even walking becomes difficult as mud builds up inches deep on shoe bottoms.

There were no immediate reports of any significant damage as a result of the high winds and driving rain. Radio communications were maintained, and power was continuing to flow throughout the city.

The initial rain only lasted for 20 or 30 minutes, and it was hoped that the high winds might help conditions dry quickly.


9 Responses to “Lots of Lightning, and Some Rain”

  1. tommy Says:

    Interesting. If lightning catches the Man on fire before Saturday, will the Borg have God arrested and put in prison?

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  2. John Frum Says:

    I have arrived

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  3. John Frum Jr Says:

    Did you notice the artwork for the man base this year? Lightning from the man’s hands and a dark cloudy sky. Self inflicted blaze. Crazy weather. But it should all clear up by Friday this week. Just making for great playa conditions when we pull in on Sunday.

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  4. Pooh Bear Says:

    Something we learned on July 4th about walking in mud…the mud will build up on your shoes and it will build up on your bare feet, but if you go with just socks, the mud doesn’t seem to build up. The more you know…

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  5. ChrissyP Says:

    sending love to you all in this weather……. wow! lovelovelovelovelove thank you for being and doing. See you soon!

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  6. STAPLES Says:

    Thanks to all, for all you do!

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  7. Jesse Says:

    Does the rain have an upside, in that it keeps the duststorms down?

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  8. katrina Says:

    Ahhhhh, I would have loved sitting by my car with a bottle of champagne, listening to the gods talk. Rain, lightening, darkness…..ahhhhhmazing!

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