Drought Thunderstorms Monday, July 13, 2015 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Janet Hudson / Flickr The thunderstorms that flooded the streets of Reno last week may have brought some drought relief to Nevada. Dr. Kelly Redmond is a climatologist at the Reno-based Desert Research Institute. He says Lake Mead has been hovering around a critical level of 1,075 feet above sea level. Redmond joins us to talk about what caused the recent storms and how they are helping to relieve the drought.