In March, Southern California mountains and deserts were experiencing a wildflower super bloom. The state’s multi-year drought waned, and winter storms became the norm. They drenched dormant plants with the kind of water they hadn’t seen in decades.
The bloom was so prolific you could see it from space. From satellites, the ground glowed yellow, orange and purple in Anza-Borrego Desert, the Carrizo Plain and Los Padres National Forest.
Two months later, many of those flowers have faded, but the ones that are left in the mountains of San Diego County got blasted with snow this weekend. A storm blew through Southern California and put an end to some of that spring color.
May 7 was the city of San Diego’s coldest May day in 64 years. Ten inches of snow fell on Palomar Mountain, which, according to the National Weather Service, is the most May snow the mountain has ever had. On Sunday morning, San Diego County went under “chain control” because of the snow on the roads.
Sicco Rood, a research associate at the Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, captured these spring-meets-winter photos on Cuyamaca Peak, west of the desert.