Sometimes it does storm in the desert, and when it does there is a chance for a flash flood to occur. We’ve been lucky enough this Summer of 2012 to have a few of these. We’re now into Fall but were able to see yet another Desert Storm and Flash Flood today.
It’s been raining now for over 24 hours and will end sometime tomorrow afternoon. When we do get this type of flash flood bringing large amounts of water in a short amount of time, the dry desert ground cannot soak any of it up. So the brittle dry grounds at the Dry Lake are quickly flooded. My son took us out for a drive today to do some storm-chasing of our own. We ended up just outside of Boulder City, Nevada at the Dry Lake. It was beautiful to see and fun, until he started doing donuts in the mud!
The desert is a dry place so when we do get a bit of rain, the natives get excited and run out for some fun! Playing in the mud is very different than the usual activities that take place on the Dry Lake Bed during the rest of the year. You might usually see photo shoots, windsurfing, go kart or cycle racing, firework shows, etc. Have you ever been to a Dry Lake that has been flooded? Have you been in a flash flood before?