Originally Posted by rocco52
I have to admit that it has been quite a few years since I went out to Speed Week but I just remember extremely hot and dry. One thing for sure is that the salt does get into everything. Things could have changed though.
For several years the "flats" turned real slushy due to high water table. In 2015 Speed Week was cancelled because they could only find a couple miles of safe surface to race on.
Problem is that The Great Salt Lake has no natural outlet. It's a "terminal lake" meaning only evaporation causes rain and other water to leave the basin.
A nasty year for rain in the area or areas that drain into it cause the lake to rise. Also, when weather is crappy, evaporation diminishes. Conditions on the salt flats will depend on which weather cycle they are in.