The current reading at the airport is t76°/d72°. It’s raining. The Angels were rained out for the first time since 1995. The Padres didn’t play either.
When Californians plan events in the summer there is no rain date. Why would there be?
It is uncharacteristically nasty in SoCal. We don’t deal with it well.
Removing sunshine from California is like removing super powers from Superman. He becomes just another guy in a skintight bodysuit.
A bridge washed out on I-10 near Desert Center, a tiny community surrounded by dusty (now muddy) mountains and jackrabbits. There was flooding on “The 91,” the main road to the Inland Empire. Mud poured into homes in Moreno Valley.
I played lookout over the Palm Springs area all afternoon from my upstairs office. I watched the radar and monitored NOAA’s San Diego office chat room. We were ringed by storms, but rainfall was light in the valley itself. The larger concern was runoff from the mountains.
Much of this region is wilderness. There are reasons some places are left in a natural state.
SPOTTER REPORTS SHEEP CREEK…NEAR THE TOP OF EAST CANYON IN EAST WRIGHTWOOD…IS FULL AND COMING DOWN LIKE RIVER RAPIDS…WITH LOTS OF TREE TRUNKS GOING BY. IT’S BEEN FLOWING SINCE AROUND 4 PM.
CHP REPORTS LARGE BOULDER IN DOWNBOUND LANE ON HIGHWAY 74 NEAR SANTA ROSA MOUNTAIN.
FLOODING STARTED AROUND 6:45 PM AND CONTINUED FOR A COUPLE HOURS. WIDE SPREAD FLASH FLOOD/ROAD CLOSURES ALONG ROUTE 2 IN THE WRIGHTWOOD AREA, DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE AREA AND DEBRIS BEING WASHED ONTO ROADS. A COUPLE OF ROAD WASH OUTS AND CULVERTS BEING DAMAGED. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF SWIFT WATER RESCUES AS PEOPLE DROVE INTO FLOODED ROADWAYS. SOME MINOR STREET FLOODS IN THE HESPERIA, CA AREA AS WELL. FLOODING AND A SWIFT WATER RESCUES IN LYTLE CREEK, JUST BELOW BONITA FALLS. OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 8 PM. NO INJURIES. OBSERVER IS FROM HESPERIA WORKING IN ASSOCIATION WITH SAN BERNARDINO EMERGENCY SERVICE. OBSERVER LOCATION HESPERIA.
Native Californians love this weather. It’s so unusual.
From experience, it loses its luster quickly.
Meanwhile, tonight I’m enjoying it, out on the porch listening to the rain.