Organizers say a freak rainstorm is to blame, and local cops are turning burners away at the gate of Black Rock City:
BRC is closed until midday Tuesday due to rain and standing water. At the request of organizers, law enforcement is turning cars back.
— Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014
This means a whole bevy of San Francisco geeks, CEOs, and old-fashioned unfortunate-white-people-with-dreadlocks are now stuck in Reno, a fate perhaps worse than whatever tacky art-hell they were prepared to erect in the desert. When will it be dry enough to start building geodesic domes, drink iced coffee, and look for celebs on Segways?
The reaction on Twitter is a mix of disappointment and sadistic joy:
Burning Man closes entrance gate due to rain, but I blame the reporters.
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) August 25, 2014
Wow, that really sucks about @burningman’s unpredictable weather 😟
— ✩ Sharon ✩ (@lalasdfghjkl) August 25, 2014
Now burning man can do the right thing and close forever
— Toaster (@toddbert) August 25, 2014
Radical self-reliance has been temporarily postponed on account of rain. http://t.co/UZs2dtwNbq— Jorge Ortiz (@JorgeO) August 25, 2014
Okay. I'm officially bummed I'm not on the playa. Burning Man heartache sucks.
— ZackDarling (@ZackDarling) August 25, 2014
Our thoughts are with the residents of Reno, and Nitasha Tiku.