Early nose dive!

That didn’t take long.

The start of March water levels were near normal.

This hydrograph displays the ecological height of the water table in Big Cypress National Preserve.  The blue line is current conditions.  The color-coded horizontal bands show heights of major eco-hydrological plant communities in the Big Cypress Swamp mosaic.  The dotted white line is the long term median as measured from 1992 to present.

A month later and water levels are around a foot below normal for early April and a half foot below our average-annual, i.e. typical, spring low water mark. But the real kicker is this:

That low water mark doesn’t usually occur until mid May.

We’re still a full month before that.

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