Don’t call it a drought yet!
Swamp stage is dropping yes, but still relatively high.
Cypress domes are our drought buffer and barometer.
Not only does having them full protect against drought (i.e. they form natural fire breaks), they also provide an convenient place to measure swamp stage.
Currently, water levels in cypress domes across Big Cypress National Preserve are (1) flooded to their edge and marl prairies are hydric (i.e. a combination of moist soils and pooled water) and (2) about 1-2 inches above the 25-year long-term average for mid December.