Banks overtopping …
And canals intersecting with strands.
The regular summer onslaught of summer showers is nearing its end, but could more tropical rain descent?
Early fall is always an interesting time in the swamp.
You know we’ve finally hit the heart of the wet season …
When the pinelands are shallowly flooded.
Over the course of an average year, we can usually count on the hydric pines going under for a good 4 months of the summer/fall period and the higher-perched mesic pines getting inundated for about a month.
And usually September is reliably our peak water season.
Except this year.
The water table is inching up but still below the pine trunks.
That makes this year drier (i.e. less wet) than the drought summer of 2000
At first glance, the water table looks simple.
You can touch it with your finger and sure enough it’s wet.
The difficulty lies in understanding where it’s at relative to the suite of hydro-ecological and statistical metrics we measure it by. Case in point is Water Conservation Area 3A in the Everglades. Statistically, it’s a foot below where it normally is for late August and three feet below its high-water crest following Eta. Ecologically, water depth in the sloughs are about 1.75 feet deep but the tree islands are still dry.
That’s relatively rare for WCA3A this late in the summer.