February 12, 2019 at 12:37PM by CWC
Raise your hand if you’re sick of winter. Recent months have brought about some of the coldest temperatures on record, not to mention devastating ice storms and ferocious blizzards. And unfortunately the snow doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. But there is a light at the end of this winter tunnel. As much of the country shovels the driveway, Southern California is gearing up for the super bloom.
California is experiencing a winter of above-average precipitation with nearly 13 inches of rain since October—a whopping 167 percent more than the average. As a result, the Anza-Borrego Desert, located about 80 miles east of San Diego, is poised to burst with fields of poppies, lupines, and lilies as far as the eye can see. The last so-called “super bloom” splashed California with color in 2017.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation reports the desert is already starting to bloom. More vibrant wildflowers are expected to show up in late February and early March, but you can get up-to-the-minute information via the Wildflower Hotline (760-767-4684). No matter where you are in the world, take in the beauty of California’s past super blooms with these 29 gorgeous photos. No captions needed.