Rain, Snow and Cold in Death Valley

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It is rare indeed to get rained on in Death Valley:
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Years can go by in some spots there before rain hits the ground in measurably amounts.
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I was lucky enough in March to experience rain several times. This very wet year all the small intermittent streams were flowing that I’d never noticed before.

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Very sticky clay mud.

Rained all night long in fact on Wednesday, 20 March.

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Far too alkali to drink.

Texas Springs campground has the best of the meager shade trees.

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Best site, A-11. March sunset.

Any scarce rain that does fall here, behind so many mountain rain shadows, either immediately evaporates and sinks into sandy terrain:

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Last pic of the day.

Or else the water goes rushing madly and dangerously down the rocky ravines as flash flooding.

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Snowy Telescope Peak from Zabriskie Point.

Where the muddy clayey salty silty streams slow down…don’t walk that way, or spend time stuck in muck. And boot scraping.

Some here were a bit let down that rains were too late for flower blooming glory. And that the ’10 mile lake’ on the playa was shallow and gone in days.

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Badwater playa in a wet year.

I can’t say I was happy to get rained on all night long, though my space blanket tarp kept most of it off my cot.

For an eldster with a new hip the cot helps with arising and is pretty comfortable even before the air mattress, my old pal and comfort. Cause why put up a tent in DV? Never rains, few bugs, more stars than you will evah see again.

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Self portrait with Manley Beacon.

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Dante’s View.

Of course the incredible storm clouds, winds and rain swept away shortly, returning us to DV’s normal Eden-like winter/spring weather, 75-85F, cool at night.
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It’s a different park in the rain and storms and I felt lucky (if damp) to see it.

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Dante’s View lookout point, high, cold and windy.

 

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