You know that saying “when it rains it pours”? Well, it has been pouring here in the Coachella Valley all through the night and all damn day. No mercy from the rain gods…road closures, swift water rescues, flash floods in the canyons and roads washing out high up in the San Jacinto Mountain communities.
The water hazards on the golf courses here at the Outdoor Resort are now giant lakes!!! In the big picture all is well here at the Outdoor Resort. There isn’t much outdoor recreation going on here today but at least the ducks and geese are happy.
According to the Palm Springs Visitors Center, rainfall is almost non-existent and the humidity is low in the Palm Springs area, reflecting the minimal annual rainfall total in Palm Springs is limited to about 5.8 inches, with 10 or fewer days each year during which rain actually falls in Palm Springs, Ca.
Well, I am happy to report that today we have had 3.59 inches so far making it the 3rd wettest day in Palm Springs history. But Palm Springs isn’t the only city seeing heavy rainfall. Other parts of the desert are experiencing wet conditions including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and other surrounding cities. Many roads and events throughout the valley are being closed and canceled.
Some fellow RV friends who are on the other side of the San Jacinto Mountains in Aguanga sent me this video today. It was taken at the road coming into their RV Resort…Nope, they are going anywhere soon!
I did make it out and down the street this morning about a half a mile to the store with only a few water crossings.
Palm Springs officials have since been asked residents to “shelter in place” as emergency services have been “heavily impacted.” That said, thankfully we are high and dry here at the Outdoor Resort! Our plan is to shelter in place at some friends who are renting a place nearby, cook a big Valentines Day dinner feast and drink some really good wine. Raingeddon be damned!
The upside to all this rainfall is that the valley should have a amazing wildflower season. According to the Anza-Borrego Foundation, this winter’s rainfalls, the heaviest in a decade in the area, have wildflower experts predicting a record bloom at the state park.
WILD FLOWERS… perhaps there is a silver lining!