The staff at the Wedge Parkway/Mt. Rose Highway Raley's are mostly good, but one person behind the counter at the service deli was taking her mask off to chat, which defeats the entire purpose of the masks! The checkout clerk was good enough to not insist that he had to bag our groceries and let Lisa just put them back into our cart so we could get them out to the car and pack everything into our bags, boxes, and ice bag ourselves.
We had seen smoke rising in the hills of Galena (the name of the area of South Reno where this Raley's is located), and by the time we got to Raley's, the fire was clearly getting bigger.
I later learned that this was the Rock Farm Fire, which started as a single structure fire and then spread. Another home was badly damaged and many others threatened.
Heading for home, several brief drops of rain fell on us. If it had been more rain and less wind, it might have been more useful for putting out that fire.
As we drove east through the Truckee River Canyon, the line of thunderstorms passed over us, but what rain that did fall served to make the windshield dirty and not enough to help clear it.
We unloaded our groceries as quickly as we could. While I was carrying a bag into the house, both my personal and work mobile phones started playing a warning notice: a severe dust storm warning. They weren't kidding. About five minutes after we got everything into the house and got the van buttoned up, high winds rolled through.
Notice the cell phone tower at the right side of this photo as I take a spread of four shots panning from left to right from in front of the house.
That tower is starting to fade out (it's to the right of the telephone pole in the middle of this shot).
You can still see the tower (barely) at the left...
...but Interstate 80 and the hills beyond are lost in the dust.
I also shot a few minutes of video showing what the wind does when it whips through here.
You can see here large dust clouds rolling through, and near the end I zoomed in at the Imerys plant down the street (about which I wrote yesterday), showing how the wind sometimes whips the dust in weird eddies as it plays up against their building.
There was very little rain. (Rain would have been welcome as it might have cut down the dust.) The temperature did drop about 10°C rather rapidly, which (as long as you stayed out of the wind, such as on our front porch in the lee of the house) was pleasant. I'm glad we got home before the storm hit, though. I've driven in some of these dust storms, and it's very unpleasant.