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Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California's desert sands after lying dormant for years – producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs.An estimated 150,000 people in the past month have converged on this town of about 3,500, roughly 85 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of San Diego, for the so-called super bloom.A "super bloom" is a term for when a mass amount of desert plants bloom at one time.Wildflower enthusiasts worldwide track the blooms online and arrive for rare sightings like this year's Bigelow's Monkey flower, some of which have grown to 8 inches (203 millimeters) in height. The National Park Service has even pitched in with a 24-hour wildflower hotline to find the best spots at the state park.The park is about a two-hour drive from San Diego and three hours from Los Angeles.The region received 6½ inches (165 millimeters) of rain from December to February, followed by almost two weeks of 90-degree temperatures, setting the conditions for the super bloom.
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