Not my pic, but this one's made the rounds on the interwebz a bit. Taken by a friend of a friend (of a friend) on the playa within the last ten days or so.
Ever-so-slightly wet. Things should hopefully have a chance to dry out over the next few weeks. Historically, August is pretty dry, with the occasional sprinkles here and there. In years where it's been wet in early July and dry up on through the event, we end up with a nice crunchy top surface (like walking on filo dough), with a gooey clay mud starting around 6 inches below the surface. That may make pounding (and later pulling) your stakes a little harder, but once they're in they'll have a pretty good grip.
It's weather, so generally impossible to predict with any real accuracy more than a few days out. We know the temps can range from as cold as the low 40's farenheit (4-7 degrees celsius) at night to as hot as more than 100 degrees farenheit (38 celsius). We've had mild years in the past (this doesn't look like it will be one of those years), and we've had years with dust storms that lasted for days, or with short but ferocious storms that served up winds over 60-75mph. We've had years with no rain at all, and we've had years with sprinkles and even brief showers. In the late 90's, there were sustained showers that left the playa looking like the picture above. If you really want to be prepared, you plan for all those possibilities and be ready for anything while you hope for the best.
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