The hottest, driest floor in North America has been carpeted with a blossom of wildflowers in recent weeks. Over a decade has passed since Death Valley National Park has seen this many flowers, a phenomenon known as the “super bloom.” The average annual rainfall in the arid Southern California park is a mere 2 to 3 inches. But this year, El Niño weather patterns created more rainfall, and perfect conditions for over 20 species of wildflowers to grow in enormous numbers. The last time the valley saw so much color was in 2005.
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