Last fall's prediction by Richard Doornbos, a Hesperia Star columnist and Daily Press weather watcher, appears to have come true.


"I predicted this [wet weather] all the way back in October or November," he said last Thursday.


In fact, Doornbos predicted an El Niņo last Nov. 9 in his monthly Desert Studies column, "Flooding Concerns In The Victor Valley."


"Since we are facing a possible El Niņo winter, I felt an exploration of possible flooding is in order," Doornbos wrote. "Remember, despite our semi-arid climate, running water is the greatest erosion agent on the desert."


By Friday afternoon, Doornbos, who also provides information to the National Weather Service, said his east-Hesperia rain gauges recorded 5.35 inches for the week. For the past 30 years he has kept Hesperia weather statistics, the average for January to March is 4.11 inches.


"So we're way above that."


Moreover, the inch count for all of 2009 was only 4.1.


"So we're way above that too."


The week's storm was a Pacific-based system combined with some northern cold. The result was mostly rain with icy conditions thrown into the mix.


"It's a Pacific storm, what they like to call a Pineapple Express. We had rain, snow and sleet yesterday. The El Niņo has certain kicked in."


How did Doornbos know a massive storm might sock Hesperia, causing flooding, street damage and create a general mess.


"I've been doing this for 30 years. I know my patterns."