MORONGO BASIN — We are heading toward the third worst drought in the last 50 years.
As of the end of February, Yucca Valley has recorded only 1.65 inches of rain. The average for this time of year is 5.94.
February’s rainfall total was 0.3 inch, with a light dusting of snow above 3,500 feet. Landers recorded 0.24, Joshua Tree 0.34, Wonder Valley 0.19 and Twentynine Palms a half-inch of rain.
Yucca Valley’s average high temperature in February was 58.7 degrees and its average low was 34.8 degrees, both slightly below the historical averages of 61 and 35. The month’s warmest temperature was 77 recorded on the 23rd, while lows hit 26 Feb. 4.
The month’s warmest overnight temperature was 44 degrees on Feb. 22, while the coolest daily high was 48 degrees on the 15th.
Other high and low temps in the Basin included 79 and 31 degrees in Joshua Tree, 77 and 32 degrees in Twentynine Palms and 80 and 31 degrees in Wonder Valley.
A strong wind gust of 55 mph was reported in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley recorded 35 mph gusts on Feb. 13 and 16.