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Spring bloom forecast!

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Simply having an above-normal amount of precipitation in late autumn and early winter doesn't guarantee a stellar spring display. Simply having an above-normal amount of precipitation in late autumn and early winter doesn't guarantee a stellar spring display.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Rain in the late autumn and early winter is the first ingredient needed to wake up normally dormant seeds from the Sonoran Desert's vast array of wildflowers.

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We had above normal precipitation in the Tucson metropolitan area for the months of November and December.

 "The multiple rains in the late fall and early winter were excellent for wildflower seed germination," says Daniel Armenta, a botanist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Simply having an above-normal amount of precipitation in late autumn and early winter doesn't guarantee a stellar spring display. 

The second ingredient needed to really bring out the desert's best: even more rain.

"Wildflowers have germinated and (are) growing now. If we can get maybe an inch of rain in January and February, the display could be spectacular," Russ Burrow, curator of plants at Tohono Chul Park, says.

Mr. Armenta has this outlook: "If we continue to get rain every few weeks or so we should have an excellent season.  Even without more rain, I think the season will be better than average."

January so far has been quite dry. Normal January rainfall is 0.94". We've had less than 0.20".

Check back at TucsonNewsNow.com/Weather for updates throughout the end of winter and early spring on southern Arizona's desert bloom!

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