While you were sleeping (or while you were trying to sleep but couldn’t because of all the damn thunder), an unexpected thunderstorm brought rain and plenty of lightning to the Coachella Valley and High Desert.
Here’s what it looked like:
And, yes, it was a lot of lightning in both the Coachella Valley and the High Desert.
Hi Kelley! The High Desert had 19 cloud to ground strikes, and the Coachella Valley had 26 strikes. The bulk of the lightning strikes were just northeast of the Coachella Valley! ⚡️
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 18, 2018
As far as rainfall, not a ton overnight – but every bit helps:
Coachella Valley Rainfall Totals!
Those pre-dawn SoCal thunderstorms brought some precipitation to the High Desert from 0.01" (Yucca Valley) to 0.10" (Joshua Tree NP). Widely scattered amounts fell in the Coachella Valley.@KESQ pic.twitter.com/fu46hz8tXI
— Jerry Steffen™ KESQ (@JerrySteffen) July 18, 2018
The forecast is calling for a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day on Wednesday through Saturday and, as we have seen, you never know what’s in store when it comes ot weather this time of year in the desert – so make sure those windshield wipers and tires are in good shape, just in case.