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It's only October!

| This week has brought rain to the valley — heavy rains at times. The plants love it, of course. I do, too, for that matter. It's quite refreshing to wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of rain on the roof, one big part of which slopes down to the back of the house, dumping the run-off onto the patio right outside the bedroom slider.

For a time in September it was unseasonably cool, barely reaching into the 90s during the day and falling into the 60s at night. That, however, was a false alarm, as Mother Nature cranked up the thermostat again for a string of days near or above 100°F.

While I'm talking about the weather, this is a good time to mention another surprise that has come from moving across the valley floor from Palm Springs to Desert Hot Springs: afternoon thunder and lightning.

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View from Google Earth (Click image to enlarge)

I suspect it has something to do with the prevailing westerly or southwesterly winds being forced up by the mountains and interacting with air masses over the mountain. Palm Springs, by contrast, lies protected by the mountains. I'm no meteorologist — and I don't even play one on TV — but I'll bet there's a scientific explanation in there somewhere.

Last updated on Jun 21, 2016

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