This photo of the badlands pretty much sums up this years current wildflower conditions – it is a tad early, but things look bleak.
Earlier this month, Borrego had a number of days where temperatures dropped below freezing. This unusually cold weather is typically hard on the desert wildflowers.
But far more detrimental then the freezing weather is the lack of rain. From July 1 to January 28th two years ago, when I captured these photos of Anza Borrego, the area had received 12.31 inches of rain. Last year was much dryer, this area had received 7.09 inches of rain during the same period, and I believe most of that came in the late summer and fall. From July 1 to January 28th this year, Borrego has only received .28 inches of rain! It is threatening to rain today, and we received a few sprinkles last night, but most people seem to think it is too little, too late for this year.
Update: Wouldn’t you know it, a few hours after I posted this, it started to rain here in Borrego. It may not be enough for the wildflowers, but this area could sure use a little moisture.