Video: California’s wildflower super bloom is so prolific you can see it from space

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Washington Post

A wildflower super bloom is underway in Southern California after nearly 10 inches of much-needed winter rain. For four years, the state has struggled with a serious drought that drained reservoirs and prompted water bans. But this year’s El Niño-like winter brought the rain and the wildflowers are taking a giant gulp.

The year-over-year change is so remarkable you can see it on satellite imagery. The photo above is what California looks like on the ground. Now here’s what it looks like from space.

California Poppy Reserve, then and now. (Planet Labs)


Carrizo Plain National Monument, then and now. (Planet Labs)


Los Padres National Forest, then and now. (Planet Labs)


Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, then and now. (Planet Labs)


Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, then and now. (Planet Labs)