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February 28, 2006

Real Rain

They'd been predicting it for a couple of days and the locals responded appropriately, rushing the stores to buy loaves of bread and gallons of milk. It was going to rain! A Great Outdoors hike was pre-emptively cancelled more than 24 hours in advance (to be fair, the hike was to be in Mission Creek, which hasn't stopped flowing for more than a year now).

And then it came last night while I was out driving. Our first rain since October. I was momentarily confused by the fact that I couldn't see through the windshield. Ah yes, I remembered that I needed to turn on the wipers. And just where is that control? A couple of seconds of digging deeply in my memory brought up the datum and I turned them on. I was surprised to see that my Rain-X application was still working. I've no idea how long ago I put that on.

It's rained all night. The predictions were for as much one-quarter inch, but I think we may have had more. My electronic doodah says the outside humidity is 72%. Before the rain it had been a lot closer to something like 25%. Doubtless the valley will experience mild levels of chaos today.

Filed under Coachella Valley | permalink | February 28, 2006 at 08:26 AM


It was a start finally but still too little rain. Weather Channel's official total for Palm Springs is .44" of rain from this last front. We are still several inches below normal rainfall for this year. Palm Springs gets an average of 7.4" at the airport and 14.5 at the mountain base. We have had 2.65" of rain for the last 10 months. We are almost 5" below normal. The 13 year drought is still at it's peak and the worst this area has seen in recorded weather history. Meteorologists for the Weather Channel say Palm Springs would need almost 60" more rain to return to average and bust the drought. That is 3 times what we received a year ago during the only year in the drought that was a rainy one.

Posted by: at Feb 28, 2006 8:40:56 PM

Oh yeah, the smell is the greatest thing. In fact, sometimes when it rains you never see any of the actual precipitation, but you get the smell of the creosote coming out of the desert, so you know somebody got rain somewhere.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Feb 28, 2006 9:59:59 AM

And doesn't it smell great outside? I love it.

Here in PS my rain gauge says .52" of rain in the past 24 hours. Humidity is at 51% (relative.)

If the washes do flood today, I am sure we'll hear about some idiot driver who thought his (her) car was a boat... Forget swift water rescue, that's natural selection right there.

Posted by: MJ at Feb 28, 2006 9:31:59 AM

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