Coachella Valley Exceeds Annual Average Rainfall

COACHELLA VALLEY, CA — Yes, already, a fair amount of rain has recently fallen over the Coachella Valley: About an inch dropped over the last week.

With the recent storms — and others before it — Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Palm Springs have already exceeded their annual average rainfall, according to data from the National Weather Service. In Indio, the figure is more than double — and the year is still young.

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Meteorologists track annual precipitation beginning July 1, and Mother Nature could help bring more rain to the desert in the ensuing months. Southern California is experiencing an El Niño event — more frequent and intense storms — the peak of which was forecast as December through February by the NWS.

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On Thursday, the agency reported the current El Niño appears to be weakening but its impacts could persist through April.

So, how many inches of rain did we recently get and where are we year-to-date? Below are the National Weather Service figures as of 6 p.m. Thursday for several Coachella Valley cities, as well as others across the county:

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It could be a spell before significant rainfall hits the area again. Light on-and-off precipitation is slowly moving out of the area, and by the weekend it’s dry weather ahead, according to the NWS.

“Finally … by Saturday … here comes the sun,” the agency’s forecast discussion read. “The never-ending troughing pattern across the western U.S. will finally push east and building high-pressure moves in. Slow warming sets in on Saturday and temperatures will warm a few degrees each day. Highs will finally reach seasonal averages by next Wednesday … . Skies will clear out for the most part as well, with SoCal finally returning to our normal and cherished bright conditions.”

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