Latest Weather System Moving East....


The latest storm wasn't quite as dramatic as it could have been for us in the Palm Springs area, but it still created a significant weather change.

Desert rainfall was relatively light. Palm Springs received only 0.14, Thermal received 0.05, whereas nearby Palomar Mountain received 3.55 inches, and Julian received 2.39 inches. Light to moderate snowfall occurred on the highest peaks, but noting compared to the last snowstorm that dumped several feet. The High Sierra snowpack did benefit from this particular system, with many areas seeing 2.5 - 4.5 feet of snow the past several days. Mammoth Mountain has a base of 9-14 feet, which is clearly an enormous improvement from last season thus far.

The intense winds that were predicted thankfully didn't materialize to the strength that could have occurred. Most gusts in the Coachella Valley were in the 45 mph or under range... which is still respectable. However, 70-85 mph gusts never materialized here. The highest mountain peaks of San Diego County were the only locations that experienced winds of that strength. An interesting sidenote with this storm, is that the coastal and valley areas to our west experienced much more widespread wind and damage. Numerous trees were downed throughout LA, OC and SD, with even a fatality reported in the SD area due to a falling tree onto an occupied vehicle. We lucked out in that the momentum of the cold front didn't manage to unleash its full fury on this side of the mountain range.

As for the upcoming week and beyond, it appears a high pressure system will slowly build, with dry weather and temps warming up through next Sunday. We will likely finally hit 70 degrees by Thursday, with mid-upper 70s Friday - Sunday. This will make for more perfect desert weather!

Long range forecasts seem to hold off the next storm cycle until the middle of February.