One of the best things about being a hydrologist in south Florida is that it has a hyperactive water cycle:
- Sixty inches of rain per year,
- Forty inches of it in the 5 month wet season,
- Prodigious amounts of evaporation,
- Wetlands that go under as far as the eye can see each summer,
- Followed by springtime descents into drought and wildfire threat.
The Hare (rainfall) sprints way ahead by summer’s end, only to be overtaken by the slow plodding Tortoise (evaporation) who never sleeps,
Think of it as the “Celebrated Jumping Turtle of Collier County,” guaranteed to “out crawl” all other comers in the continental United States.
That’s when the Tortoise joins the slumbering Hare with a short nap of its own.
South Florida’s fabled water cycle show all but slows to a stop.
No rain, little evaporation, no transpiration …
And perfect timing!
Just in time for the holidays.
on this mild and rainless Everglades eve,
and to both a good night.
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