After another wet and cool week, winter appears to have ended and spring arrives this week. Temperatures will reach the 60s by Wednesday and warm even more by Easter Sunday.
Last week, more rainfall came to the Hill. The U.S. Forest Service’s Keenwild Station recorded slightly more than three-quarters of an inch of rain Thursday. Since Oct. 1, 2017, the beginning of the rain year, 9.1 inches have been recorded at Keenwild, of which 4.7 inches have fallen since March 1.
Higher elevations recorded more rain during this latest storm. The Idyllwild Fire Department received 1.4 inches and the National Weather site in Fern Valley recorded nearly 1.8 inches. The Garner Valley site had less than a quarter of an inch.
The San Bernardino Mountains received 2 to 3 inches of rain from the latest storm.
The National Weather Service is currently forecasting slightly higher-than-normal temperatures for the next two weeks and through the next four weeks. During the period, the precipitation forecast is below normal.
At the end of March, the long-term average rainfall has been 22.8 inches, more than twice the rain recorded at Keenwild through March 25.