Southern California superblooms seen from space

14 April 2023

After a deluge of atmospheric rivers this winter, California’s wildflowers are erupting in a superbloom, a vibrant display that this spring was visible from space.

Images captured April 6 by a camera on the Landsat 9 observational satellite show the blooming desert in Southern California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument. The satellite’s Operational Land Imager-2 camera, focusing in on the plains of southeastern San Luis Obispo County, show green and yellow swaths of land that were brown a year ago.

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