Two lightning strikes this morning, one in Indio another in La Quinta, managed to ignite a few palm trees! Obviously, the lightning preceded the rain.
Last night a brief downburst caused a haboob, an airborne wall of sand which swept through the valley.
In the desert some people bring down the temperature with evaporative cooling, so called swamp coolers. They leverage the normally low humidity to make living indoors comfy. With dew points in the 60s and 70s, they were little help today.
We ended up with around 1/3″ of rain in Palm Springs. The old record has been smashed… and records have been kept here since the 1890s.
Another humid day with scattered showers follows. Long time California residents say they look forward to what everyone else considers bad weather. I suspect after today, the humidity and rain have lost their romance.
I’m writing this on my patio and it feels like I’m back on the East Coast. It’s that sticky. That’s really unusual.