Coachella 2011: Volcano risks low, but temps expected to hit triple digits
Tickets and hotels may not be getting any cheaper, but here's one thing that hasn't changed about the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: Bottled water has held steady at $2 since 1999. Why is this important? Because temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90s on Friday and could hit 100 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temps last year hovered closer to the 90-degree mark at their hottest.
That's above average heat for the desert valley -- the Weather Channel's weather.com notes that temps usually hover around 87 for mid-April. But here's perhaps some good news: As of the time of writing this post, the Weather Service is predicting temps to be a little cooler than triple digit, with highs predicted at a brisk 98.
Want some more good news? The official U.S. Geological Survey site doesn't have any volcanic activity in the severe range, although Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano is being closely monitored. Last year, numerous artists could not reach the Coachella grounds due to ash from an Icelandic volcano disrupting European flights. Right now, the skies seem clear of volcanic ash, although Russia's Bezymianny has been steadily increasing in intensity, according to the Global Volcanism Program.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Coachella in 2009, when temps topped 100. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times