California: Death Valley in California is the hottest place in the world and the driest place in America. Last Friday, the world realized the terrible situation that occurs when it rains here. The region witnessed the fourth heaviest rainfall in a once in 1000 years.
Around 500 visitors and 500 park staff were trapped inside the national park in the area due to massive flooding in the valley. Debris of dirt, rocks and trees piled on top of more than 60 cars of visitors and staff near the luxury hotel near the park headquarters in Furnace Creek. With this, the authorities were forced to temporarily close the park and the roads leading here.
Major flash flooding in Death Valley National Park this morning. Approximately two dozen vehicles trapped in mud and rock debris at the Inn at Death Valley. Took nearly 6 hours to get out. #cawx #stormhour pic.twitter.com/3rDFUgY7ws
— John Sirlin (@SirlinJohn) August 5, 2022
John Sirlin, who monitors storms and weather events in the US, posted a video on social media showing the extent of flooding in Death Valley, one of the world’s driest regions. Park spokeswoman Amy Vines said 1.46 inches (3.7 centimeters) of torrential rain in Furnace Creek caused the flooding, close to the 1.47 inches that fell in 1988.
Floods from monsoon rains are a natural occurrence in Death Valley. It occurs almost every year somewhere in the park. The record rainfall occurred between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, said John Adair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
Park officials say the heaviest rainfall since 1936 was April 15, 1988, when 1.47 inches (3.73 cm) fell.