How April fooled us

April’s usual reputation is as the swamp’s driest month.

This year’s set the record for the rainiest.

The above chart shows the history of April rainfall for Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve.  This year’s total of 5.3 inches surpassed the previous record (1989) of 5.2 inches.  Of note, 1989 was an unusually dry year throughout south Florida.  Therefore it’s too early to draw conclusions that recent rains have the makings of a wet year. 

That doesn’t have water up at the top of the palm fronds (see diagram above),

But it did refill water up into the swamp’s lowest spots.

April 30th also marks the dry season’s final day.

Starting May 1st for the next six months counts as wet season rain.

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