RiseOfTheSaltonSea.com - Hurricane Kathleen in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, approaching the Imperial Valley and Salton Sea on September, 9, 1976.
Hurricane Kathleen – 09.09.1976

One of two unprecedented storm systems, Hurricane Suroc and Tropical Storm Zender, surged across the Baja Peninsula, Mexico into the Imperial Valley, CA, USA and onto the southern Central Valley of southern California early September, 2025.  Two storms of similar magnitude, Hurricane Kathleen and Doreen, occurred in the same month almost half century earlier.

In addition to the considerable damage in many parts of southern California, the combined storms served to raise the level of the Salton Sea to it’s highest level since its creation in the early 1900s.