Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 20, 2017

California Desert Rainfall & Wildflower Prospects

There have been a number of new postings on rainfall for southern California Desert Wildflower Areas.

At Calphoto the following reports:

Storm added another half inch to Carrizo today.  Also our state Antelope Valley State Poppy Reserve is also getting well watered with more coming.
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=6736&end=01%2F20%2F2017+14%3A44&geom=huge&interval=110&cookies=cdec01

Generally Mojave Desert areas are looking promising too.  This is a site at Joshua Tree is showing a healthy 5 inches this winter with nearly 3 this month:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=927&end=01%2F20%2F2017+14%3A49&geom=huge&interval=110&cookies=cdec01

 DesertUSA reports

Jan 20, 2017 – Rainstorms in California’s deserts, Arizona and Nevada are still active. We could have a good 2017 wildflower seasons in some areas. Reports below.

Joshua Tree NP reports: Most dirt roads are currently closed due to rain and flood damage. They will likely be closed through the weekend and until further notice.Exercise caution if visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (flooding) & consider postponing your visit until after the storm to safely enjoy all the park has to offer. This is posted on the parks website. Also see post by Ocotillo Wells SVRA below flower pictures.

Anza-Borrego: The plants are getting green and more rain is on the way. We should start seeing flowers in a few weeks. Here’s what we found on Wednesday. We explored Plum Canyon off of RT 78, Yaqui Well, and the Coyote Canyon area at the end of DiGiorgio Rd.
See photos at: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_abdsp.html#ixzz4WNNhmuv6
Exercise caution if visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (flooding) & consider postponing your visit until after the storm to safely enjoy all the park has to offer.

DeathValley
 Gray skies in the mountains all around us. We haven’t gotten much rain in the valley, but we have been lucky enough to see a few rainbows!

Rain is also predicted on Sunday for most of the desert.

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