Average rains
But still a drought

So far this winter dry season …

Except for December, we’ve had normal monthly rains.

Monthly rain in Big Cypress National Preserve

Compare that to last year where despite a wet November and December (of 2020), every month from January through May (except April) fell below the normal range. You’d think that would mean we’re much wetter today as a result, yet we’re not. Although we are not super dry either. The water table is hanging shallowly under land’s surface and the deeper holes are still wet. Take home points, there are two: (1) During the winter in south Florida, normal monthly rains still equates to a spring dry down and (2) no matter much rain the swamp gets the rest of the year, subpar rain in April and May causes the water table to nosedive into a deep spring drydown.

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