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In a typical March, the Furnace Creek rain gauge in Death Valley records 0.3 inches of rainfall. In a 24-hour span running from last Tuesday to Wednesday, the same gauge measured 0.84 inches. In the surrounding mountains, the National Weather Service estimates 1 to 1.5 inches fell.
This might not sound like a lot of rain, but NWS meteorologist Todd Lericos explains the desert landscape doesn't easily absorb water. Rain in the mountains rushes down to the valley floor.
originally posted by: Knapperdude
What will be impressive is the wildflower bloom this will cause, happens roughly every ten years or so.