The big storm that rolled through San Diego County over the last 24 hours left a lot of water but not much snow in the local mountains. Desert rains should help the flower bloom.

Morning photos from the webcam at the High Point Fire Lookout, a couple of miles east of the Palomar Observatory, and the Laguna Mountain Lodge and Store show just a dusting of the white stuff. Not enough for even a snowball fight at the highest elevations in the county. Look to UC San Diego’s HPWREN page for mountain-top cameras around the region.

Only a dusting of snow on Mt. Laguna. Courtesy Mount Laguna Lodge and Store.
Only a dusting of snow on Mt. Laguna. Courtesy Mount Laguna Lodge and Store.
Bigelow's monkey flower, courtesy Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
Bigelow’s monkey flower. courtesy Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

The news in the desert is better. Ocotillo Wells, just east of the massive Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, had almost two-tenths of an inch of rain in the storm. Adding this to the wet we’ve already had and it’s shaping up to be a big flower season. Check the flower update for the latest; the top post this morning is from Ocotillo Wells.

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