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Rain Makes 'Superbloom' a Strong Possibility in San Diego Deserts

The rainfall, followed by heat, are causing early blooms at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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    Rain Makes 'Superbloom' a Strong Possibility in San Diego Deserts

    Experts say the best time to go this year to see the superbloom will be the last week of February or the first two weeks of March. (Published Friday, Feb. 15, 2019)

    Get your cameras ready, the flowers in San Diego will soon be blooming. 

    Scientists say more rain means water is able to soak deeper into the soil where native wildflower seeds are, creating more germination. 

    Wildflowers along the coast and in the deserts are sprouting up. The rain is soaking into the soil

    All of the precipitation in recent weeks may lead to some spectacular effects in certain desert corners.

    The rainfall, followed by heat, are causing early blooms at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 

    For now, look for small spurts and spotty flower action, but a "Bursting-with-Blooms" event could very well be on the way for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

    "In Anza Borrego, the desert area is starting to bloom now, some plants," said Michael Mayer, a professor in the biology department at the University of San Diego. "They're encouraging people to come out earlier." 

    Just how big will the bloom be? Mayer predicts it will definitely be worth the trip. 

    "Not quite as big as the so-called 'flowergeddon' of two years ago," said Mayer. 

    Mayer is referring to a traffic jam that happened from cars stopping to take pictures of beautifully blooming flowers. 

    Experts say the best time to go this year to see the superbloom will be the last week of February or the first two weeks of March.