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10 April 98

Pastures of Plenty

We've had near-record rainfall here in Central California this year, thanks to El Niño. The storms have been nicely spaced to keep the ground wet. This should be perfect for wildflowers, but I've noticed two puzzles as I drive to and from school along Highway 154. There's abundant grass, but this is not a great wildflower year, despite nice displays of Lupine and Tidy Tips. There are already patches of summer brown showing in the soggy grassland. Why are the plants already starting to turn brown and die even though the ground is still wet?


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