Storm brings rain, unseasonable cold

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Storm brings rain, unseasonable coldSheets of rain fall in and around the Indian Wells Valley Tuesday afternoon. — Photo by Laura Austin


A sudden storm that burst over the Indian Wells Valley Tuesday afternoon brought welcome rains, unseasonable cold and even a sprinkling of snow to nearby mountains.

“We were kind of curious to know the last time we had such cold weather in May,” said China Lake Weather Forecaster Tamera Walters.

The high rose only to 68 before plummeting to the low 40s during the storm.

“We didn’t break any records, but we had to go back to 1955 to see colder temperatures,” she said. That year, the lowest high for May was 57 degrees.

“Even 68 degrees is definitely not typical. Our average highs in May are easily in the 80s and 90s.”

The thunderstorm registered only .19 inch at the official weather station at Armitage Airfield, but other measurements were much higher — with a southeast station logging more than an inch.

The storm also brought snow to the higher elevations around the valley, including the Sierra Nevada peaks just west of Highway 14.

By press time all remaining evidence of the storm has cleared. “It looks like we are going to have beautiful weather this weekend,” said Walters.

Story First Published: 2018-05-04