Dean M. Chriss
Amargosa Sunset, Death Valley, California
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With an average rainfall of less than two inches per year, Death Valley National Park is the last place you would expect clouds and rain. That's why the heavy clouds and drizzle that filled the first two days of this particular March trip were a surprise. An even bigger surprise was the twelve hours of soaking rain that followed. Things started to brighten up by about 5:00 PM on the third day, and when sunset came it was a spectacular sight. This photograph shows the Amargosa mountains in the day's last light as the storm clears.