Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 19, 2020

Dry Winter, No Superblooms – updated


Newspapers across California are publishing articles about the dry winter and decreasing chances of a superbloom. No one can absolutely know what the weather will be and how that will effect this year’s wildflower season. However, given the current rainfall, snowpack and dry predictions for the next couple of weeks at seems unlikely to be a good wildflower. Here is what some of the newspapers are saying.

Wildflower forecast: Will there be another superbloom in California this year? – SFGate
San Francisco Chronicle – a few excerpts

The best locations will likely be in the high-desert — higher elevations of Anza Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree National Park — where rare snowfall in December has helped keep the ground moist.

“Three hours northwest of Joshua Tree, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve may also receive some flowers. “We’re currently predicting a moderate bloom,” said Jean Rhyne, a state park interpreter for the Great Basin District, Mojave Area. “There are some patches with lots of poppy sprouts, and patches with only a few here and there. The buds are just beginning to form and the first couple of flowers have now been spotted. We have not yet received the minimum amount of precipitation that is typically necessary for a good bloom, so if we don’t get more rain, we may have a short season.”

Minnich believes low-desert locations such as Death Valley National Park will experience paltry blooms. “I think they’ve had less than an inch,” he said. “It’s not going to be good there.”

Lake Elsinore is also highly unlikely to see flowers similar to last year’s much-Instagrammed profusion.

California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack barely half of normal | The Sacramento Bee
The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a sad whisper of it was a year ago, a withering testament to the lack of precipitation in the state’s increasingly dry winter.

Dry winter may mean no repeat of ‘superbloom’ chaos in Lake Elsinore
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
LAKE ELSINORE — Southern California’s dry winter isn’t good for wildflowers and that’s OK with officials in the city of Lake Elsinore where last spring’s ..

California’s Dry Winter Could Jeopardize Super Bloom
California’s dry winter could mean no super bloom this spring. … in the next months, this year will not see as many colorful poppies and wildflowers

Dry Winter May Mean No ‘Super Bloom’
CBS Sacramento
California’s dry winter means we may not have an epic “super bloom” of Instagramable wildflowers like in recent years past. 21 hours ago .


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