Many in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley were awakened early Monday morning by a surprise Labor Day thunderstorm that packed quite a punch. In addition to lightning and thunder, parts of the desert received a considerable amount of rain (while others not so much), because there’s nothing like a big ‘ol thunderstorm to wake you up early on a Holiday.
Here are the rainfall totals, according to KMIR’s Jerry Steffen.
- Palm Springs: 0.98 inches
- Palm Desert: .08
- Thousand Palms: 0.44
- Thermal: 0.39
- Twentynine Palms: 0.22
- Yucca Valley: 0.85
- Mt. San Jacinto: 2.46
There was rain in the Coachella Valley this morning (totals included here)! Because storm development is still possible this afternoon, a Flash Flood Watch has been posted for the Valley, San Gorgonio Pass and area mountains through tonight.@NBCPalmSprings pic.twitter.com/BUAacO8qfJ
— Jerry Steffen (@JerrySteffen) September 2, 2019
There were also some strong winds, with the National Weather Service reporting 55 mph gusts overnight at the Palm Springs Airport.
There is still a chance of a thunderstorm for the rest of the day and, as may parts of the Coachella Valley aren’t really built for rain, you may encounter a few road closures on Monday, so give yourself a little extra time.
Probably not a surprise because of those (very loud) overnight thunderstorms, but N Indian Canyon Dr is closed at the wash in Palm Springs this morning due to water over the roadway, per @PalmSpringsPD pic.twitter.com/u7lBZ6hBSU
— Angela Chen KESQ (@AngelaWChen) September 2, 2019
What a way to kick off September!