Friday, July 4, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.
Isolated rain storms were reported over Henderson this afternoon but should move out by tonight and not interfere with fireworks displays, according to the National Weather Service.
“We had a storm develop over the Anthem area on the southeast side of the valley that moved northeast into Henderson,” said Chris Stumpf, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Las Vegas office. “There would be some brief periods of potentially moderate rain over Henderson.”
Storms could develop throughout the afternoon and be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 30 to 40 mph, Stumpf said.
Light rain was reported in the area of Stephanie Street and the 215 Beltway and near the Galleria at Sunset mall at the Cowabunga Bay water park, which was celebrating its grand opening today. The water park remained open.
No rain, however, was reported at the weather service’s official monitoring station at McCarran International Airport, which has now gone 125 days without rain — the 11th longest dry spell on the record books.
The record is 150 days set in 1959.
Today’s storm moved over the Henderson area about 2 p.m., but it should already be moving out of the area, Stumpf said.
Today’s forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, but the rain should dissipate by 7:30 or 8 p.m. and not impact fireworks displays, Stumpf said.
The weather service also warned of the possibility of dry lighting strikes in northern Clark County and blowing dust.
A 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through Sunday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms headed into the workweek on Monday and Tuesday.