Surprise thunderstorm hits Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley | Here are the rainfall totals

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.

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Middle of the night desert rain storm

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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 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.

What a way to kick off September!