Death Valley is known for being the driest and hottest place in North America, with temperatures soaring above 50° C (122° F), and so there is very little plant life in the area. It is so hot, in fact, that Death Valley has held the record for the hottest ever recorded temperature of 56.7° C (134.06° F) for 103 years. However, due to the October El Niño rains Death Valley saw 3 inches of rainfall fell within a 5 hour time frame, damaging roads and park property. There is a grand silver lining stemming from this, seemingly, dismal weather and that is a ‘super bloom’.
The last time this was seen was in 2005, with the time before being 1998, and it is described as the ‘once in a decade event’. These past occurrences were also due to the El Niño weather patterns, as the unusual rainfall happens when the Pacific waters grow exceptionally warm. Currently around 20 of flowers are in bloom, and they will stay for a few weeks, until the harsh heat returns. It is an event that is an extremely rare gift, and so if anyone lives in the area you should definitely visit the short lived paradise of the valley, before it is too late.
In order to see more beautiful photos of the blooming, visit the Death Valley National Park website where they have an in-depth journal with all of the details first hand.
However, for a quick overview they have released a brilliant video of the surrounding area, all I can say it’s a shame I can’t see it!