The good news is that our drought indicators aren’t too high.
The caveat is that serious spring drydown season doesn’t start until March 1st.
The above drought calendar chart provides an overview of “landscape dryness” conditions in Big Cypress National Preserve. The bigger (and warmer) the data point, the higher the drought level. Under current conditions, the landscape is still holding water in the natural fire breaks, i.e. sloughs, strands, and marshes, but water is increasingly becoming patchy in those areas. The swamp is most prone to wildfires with hard-to-control expansion potential during times of orange and red coding shown on the calendar.
So tune back in later this month to see where we’re at.
Click here to see a summary of drought conditions across Florida and the Everglades.