Palm Springs is the undisputed gay resort capital of the West and the gay San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite place to vacation away from it all.
But this week, it was hit by uncharacteristic rain. The National Weather Service predicts it will stop raining by Saturday morning and will be sunny for the rest of the weekend. The high temperature will be about 58 on Saturday and 60 on Sunday. By Monday, it will warm up to 63 for a high. The average high temperature in Palm Springs in January is 70.
The weather service says that more than four inches total hit Palm Springs in the series of storms this week. The city only gets 5.8 inches of rain on average per year, so it got more half of that this week alone. Sunshine is the norm 354 days per year, on average.
Palm Springs is not used to all that rain at once but it held up fairly well. There was some minor street flooding but the most serious incident happened when part of roof of a Ross Dress for Less Store in Palm Springs collapsed in heavy rain. According to the Desert Sun newspaper, a female employee was injured when a 20 by 30 foot section of the roof came down on Thursday. Fortunately her injuries were not serious and she was treated and released from a hospital.
Snow lovers delighted in the precipitation. The mountains around Palm Springs were dusted in a layer of white.
Golfers weren’t so thrilled. The Bob Hope Classic had to be called off for the Thursday but resumed on Friday. According to the Desert Sun, it was the first time that’s happened since 1980.
But if you are in Palm Springs in one of those rare rainy days, fear not, there are still plenty of things to do in Palm Springs. You can take a tour of celebrity homes, take the tramway to the snow on top of Mt. San Jacinto, or visit the Palm Springs Art Museum or the Palm Springs Air Museum. Rainy weather creates a spectacular show in the Indian Canyons. The rain creates dramatic waterfalls in the hills around the canyons. For more information, visit the city’s official tourism Web site at www.visitpalmsprings.com.
And don’t miss the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. The extravaganza has to be seen at least once by anyone who visits the city.
Palm Springs has some of the best gay resorts you will find anywhere in the world. For a good list, click here.
Both United and Alaska Airlines fly nonstop from San Francisco to Palm Springs. Fares are running about $200 roundtrip. For the adventurous, the city is about an 8 hour drive from San Francisco. But check the weather reports before you go. Highway five at the Grapevine, north of Los Angeles, sometimes closes when it snows.