Like waiting for water to come to a boil, we’ve been watching it for months, but we knew it was inevitable …
And now it’s here:
The hydrologic interregnum is over!
Proper use of the term “interregnum” describes the transition period between a new president elect winning the election (on Nov 4), but not obtaining full power of the position until inauguration day on January 20th.
We can think of the hydrologic interregnum in the same way.
It starts with the pinelands going dry, followed by the wet prairies, next by the cypress, and finally the tall cypress and swamp forest.
The progression varies from year to year based on three factors: (1) how high waters peaked, (2) how late in the fall they did so, and (3) how much early dry season rains we get.
(1) Wet season waters peaked high following Fay, (2) But ended early (as late-season tropical storms steered free of Florida), (3) Followed by a La Nina influenced drier-than-normal dry season.
Our “high” swamps – the pine islands – got their feet wetter longer than normal this year, but our “low” swamps – our pond apple and tall cypress forest – held water shorter than the average year.
But that’s all details.
The big picture is that the dry season has finally obtained full power:
Meteorologically and terrestrially we’ve entered the heart of the dry season.
The hydrologic interregnum has passed.