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California superbloom from space

Thanks to years of drought followed by above-average rainfall, California is enjoying a fantastic wildflower superbloom in 2017. See before-and-after space images here.

Left: North of Los Padres National Forest on December 3, 2016. Right: The same location on March 27, 2017. Images via KQED/ Planet Labs.

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KQEDScience published this before-and-after photo this week of the ongoing wildflower superbloom in California, as seen from space. Hundreds of wildflower species bloom in California between March and July, but in 2017, thanks to above-average winter rainfall following five years of drought, the wildflowers are going bonkers. The image comes from Planet Labs — a start-up founded by three ex-NASA engineers — which used high-resolution satellite imagery to capture the space view of wildflowers in Carrizo Plain National Monument, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge and just north of Los Padres National Forest.

Check it out: Ongoing reports and photos of 2017 California wildflowers

Read more and see more photos: 2017 California desert superbloom

Temblor Range, March 29, 2017. Photo via desertusa.

Bottom line: California superbloom from space!

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Deborah Byrd

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