We knew it was a wet winter,
But now we can finally make it official:
The swamp has moved into Aqua Incognito.
Never before, in the past 20 years of record keeping, has swamp stage been this high this late in the dry season. Preserve-wide swamp stage is 15 inches higher than our late April norm and over 3 feet higher than last April this time.
Of course last year was a record dry season drought.
So wet in fact that – at least terrestrially – it may go down as a rare “Year without a Dry Season,” not unlike the watery winter half that sutured 1994 and 1995 into a single mega-season of flooding (with an exclamation point at the end with an especially “wet” 1995 wet season).
This year the pinelands went dry early – in October – but that’s about it:
The rest of the swamp mosaic has stayed wet.
Terrestrially speaking – knee deep in a dome – it feels like it never left.
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