Those that are in the know about Bonneville realize that the weather plays a huge part of the Bonneville Salt Flats racing season. There have even been times when Speed Week has been, like a baseball game, called on account of rain. While the weather can be quite hot, it isn’t so unbearable once you learn the fine art of dressing properly, hydrating your body regularly and using various methods of keeping the sun off your skin by using hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Once you are in tune with the weather you will find yourself enjoying every minute of your trip out to the Bonneville Salt Flats.
You might enjoy the racing motorcycles, the thrust-powered cars or the ground pounding piston-engined streamliners, they are all there providing the weather is favorable to a safe racing season. Before you make your trek cross country to the Bonneville Salt Flats as either a competitor or a spectator it will behoove you to make yourself very aware of the local weather conditions surrounding the Salt Flats. Racing isn’t so much fun when you are standing in ankle deep water; well, actually, there won’t be any land speed racing at all if the water on the course is that deep. When the weather dumps that much rain on the slat then you’ll see everyone pack up and head into town, hoping the next day will bring a drier race course so they can once more begin the chase for that next leg up on the land speed record.
To help out, we’ve put together some important web links to weather resources for the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Wendover (closest city to the Salt Flats) weather conditions, including 5-day forecasts as well as current weather conditions. [link]
The local weather from the intellicast.com web site, including the precipitation radar. [link]
National Weather Service’s camera at Salt Lake City Airport. [link]