A foot below normal

While the rest of the Everglades is basking in water …

The Big Cypress is turning into a tinderbox.

Graph comparing drought levels in the Big Cypress National Preserve to various parts of the Everglades.  The red arrows show current conditions, the dark arrows a month ago, the light arrows the same time this year, and the dotted line the long-term normal for late March. 

Sloughs in the Everglades are still a foot deep in many areas whereas the low lying cypress domes in the swamp have all but gone dry.

Current water levels in the swamp are a foot below normal late March levels.

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