Monday, March 14, 2016

Rare 'superbloom' blankets Death Valley

Parts of Death Valley, the driest place in North America, have exploded in a riot of color with a rare “superbloom” of millions of wildflowers. The flowers have blanketed the desert valley to an extent not seen since 2005.

The unusual spectacle has been triggered by a series of storms in October that brought heavy rainfall to parts of the park, including a burst of 3 inches of rain in just five hours. Death Valley normally averages less than 2 inches of rain a year.
Death Valley National Park holds a world record for the hottest temperature ever recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) on July 10, 1913.
The abundance of flowers this year is extremely unusual. The last time there was a bloom of this magnitude was in 2005, and the time before that was in 1998.
Most of the flowers will wither in a few weeks as temperatures rise.

Some may survive as late as June at higher elevations.