Al F Posted December 29, 2015 Report Share Posted December 29, 2015 In another topic the subject of October 2015 floods in Death Valley came up. After doing a little exploring on Wundergound.com, I was a little puzzled about the floods since there was no precipitation shown in or around the park headquarters. Having lived in the Southwest most all of my adult life I knew that flash floods don't happen just where it is raining. Many times heavy rains many miles away result in floods in places where there are clear blue skies and no rain. Here are a couple of links to October historical weather: Stovepipe Wells, elevation about 80'. No rain. Near Furnace Creek about 370'. No rain. However about 50 miles away at Scotty's Castle there were devastating floods. Here is a link to a video from Death Valley NP showing the devastation at Scotty's Castle and flood water going across one of the roads. In the very beginning of the video is a few seconds of the isolated rain storm which produced the flooding. By the way the vast majority of the NP is open. Some of the gravel roads are closed. I think only the paved road closed is the one going by Scotty's Castle, going to Scotty's Junction at US-95. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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