Good news first!

First the good news:

Lake Okeechobee has risen above 11 ft!

Here’s the two-year hydrograph,
(20 year statistics color-coded in back.)

Lake Okeechobee is only partly lake.

The interior portion of its levee also contains wetlands, but so long as Lake stage stays below 11 ft they stay dry.  As shown on the hydrograph above, i.e., the orange band, waters have now risen into the green “littoral zone” for the first time since the end of April. That put this year’s dry spell streak at 150 days compared to 511 days for the lake stayed below the 11 ft line just a few years back in 2007-2008 (see extended hydrograph below.)

Here’s the fifteen-year hydrograph.

High water was the problem from 2002-2006,
but in recent years it’s been drought.

Now for the bad news:

That still puts the lake stage at 4.5 feet below the twenty-five year median for late September and — gasp! — the wet season is about two weeks from drawing to a close.

Not counting Tropical weather.

The upcoming dry season could be a doozy!

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