A rainbow greeted travelers along Highway 74 in Garner Valley on Thursday, Jan. 5, following an overnight rainstorm.
Photo by Johnny Wilson

The mini-El Niño continued into its third week with the Hill receiving nearly 2 inches of rain since New Year’s weekend. More rain and possibly some snow is forecast for the rest of the week.

However, it was Northern California that was awash from rain and snow from an “atmospheric river.” These massive storms historically occur about once every 10 years. The last one was in 2006-07.

For the third consecutive weekend, rain fell on the Hill. The amounts were not as much as the Christmas or New Year’s weekends; yet, total rain accumulation is much more than in the past several years.

Since Jan. 2, Pine Cove has received 1.2 inches of rain. The result is more than 16 inches of rain since July 1. Historically, the total rainfall from July through the end of January is 14.2 inches.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Keenwild Ranger Station also has had 1.2 inches of rain since Jan. 2. Its total rainfall since July 1 has been 11.7 inches.

During Monday’s precipitation, the Idyllwild Fire Station recorded about two-thirds of an inch of rain and has recorded nearly 2 inches since 2017 began.