Thunder rolls across Valley as storm brings high winds, rain

May 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Thunder rumbled through the eastern portion of the Imperial Valley late Friday afternoon, bringing rain, wind and lightning to some areas of the county.

Perhaps the thunder served as an ominous drum roll for what is to come Sunday through Wednesday: temperatures reaching from 105 to 108 degrees.

Friday's storm, which was expected to pass through the Imperial Valley later that evening, moved into the area from the southern Pacific, said Imperial County meteorologist Jim Christopherson. It moved into the Valley from Mexico, and was expected to move into Arizona today.

Christopherson said to expect cloudy skies Saturday, with the real heat to arrive Sunday. He said the higher temperatures have nothing to do with Friday's storm.


Temperatures next week will be the hottest this year.

Christopherson did report some good news: The hot weather will diminish some after Wednesday, but not by much.

Temperatures are expected to continue to top 100 degrees at the end of next week.

And the news gets worse.

Christopherson said on Friday he had just received the 90-day forecast from the National Weather Service and it called for warmer-than-usual temperatures for the Imperial Valley from June through August.

While the forecast did not include specific temperatures, Christopherson said that likely means the weather will be about three to five degrees above normal.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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