July 11, 2008

Arizona monsoon brings scattered rain to San Bernardino deserts and mountains

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt
San Bernardino Sun

A monsoon moving through Arizona dropped some rain on parts of the San Bernardino Mountains and desert cities Thursday, and more rain could come today.

Essex, an area west of Needles, measured .32 inches of rain between 7 a.m. Thursday and this morning, according to the San Bernardino County Flood Control District.

Other areas reporting rain in the same period were Morongo Valley, .14 inches; Fawnskin, .16 inches and Yucaipa, .12 inches.

A 40 percent chance of rain is expected in Twentynine Palms, surrounding desert areas and the San Bernardino Mountains today. The showers may move through the area as early as 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The chance of showers will continue tonight before 11 p.m. and decrease through the weekend.

Temperatures today will be 92 degrees in San Bernardino, 87 in Twentynine Palms and 78 degrees in Big Bear.