December marks the end of the calendar year.
But it isn’t until April until south Florida’s “water year” ends.
|Monthly rainfall chart for Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve|
South Florida has two halves of the year: a summer wet and winter dry season. For rainfall accounting purposes, I lump the six months from May to October into the wet season and the six months from November to April as the dry season. In truth, May is a dry-to-wet season transition month, thus making April the official last “full month” of the dry season.
In any event, this year’s dry season is still stuck on 4 inches.
That’s less than half the long-term dry season average!