El Niño causes “super bloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley

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Video source: WSPA 7News, YouTube

El Niño has disrupted world weather this winter, but in Death Valley National Park, in the California desert, El Niño has created a “super bloom” of wildflowers.

It is one of the hottest, driest and most unforgiving places on Earth, but water has made Death Valley come alive. "There’s a huge number of plants here" said park ranger Abby Wines. More than a dozen varieties of wildflowers are now painting the park, such as Gravel ghost, Phacelia, Rock Daisy, Pin Cushion, and Brown eyed evening primrose.

Death Valley normally gets less than 5cm of rainfall a year. But in October, more than 8.5cm fell in just five hours. 

Following the flooding, flowers began to spring up in January. They initially appeared a few at a time, before blanketing entire fields, converting the parched desert into a sea of yellow, purple, and white flowers.