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New York Post
21 Oct 2023


NextImg:Death Valley National Park now home to a lake after Tropical Storm Hilary ravaged area

From death came new life.

A previously dry area in Death Valley National Park is now home to a lake after extreme rainfall from Tropical Storm Hilary ravaged the area in August.

When the California park reopened on Oct. 15, after the brutal storm, visitors discovered that its normally flat and dry Badwater Basin now has a lake, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Park ranger Matthew Lamar told the outlet that they haven’t measured the lake’s depth yet, but they thhink it’s a little over 2 feet” at its deepest point.

“That’s what it was in 2005, the last time there was a significant lake there.”

He noted that the park is not only the hottest place in the world, but also has the highest evaporation rate, so the lake could dry up within weeks, depending on temperatures there.

A previously dry area in Death Valley National Park is now home to a lake, following heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hilary.
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With a heat wave descending on the region this weekend, the National Weather Service said temps were expected to top 100 degrees on Saturday.

Yellow and orange wildflowers that are not in season are also blooming around the Badwater Basin — the lowest point in the U.S., at 282 feet below sea level.

Hilary, the first tropical storm to hit California in 84 years, dropped a year’s worth of rainfall on the region in one day.

The park got a total of 2.2 inches of rain and was forced to close on Aug. 20.
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Due to flooded roads and trails, the park — which got a total of 2.2 inches of rain — was forced to close on Aug. 20.

The nearly two-month shutdown was the longest closure in park history.

Todd Robertson and Karina Shah, visiting from London, watched the lake’s colors change.

Park rangers are unsure as to how long the lake will last there.
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“We’ve been waiting 10 years to come and do the national parks,” Roberston told the outlet.

“We were praying all the way that this would be open. Last night, when we checked in [at the Ranch at Death Valley in Furnace Creek], they let us know it was wet.”