Is this hydrograph too busy?

Peak water is riding high …

But for how much longer?

The hydrograph above shows a multi-parameter overview of hydrologic conditions in Big Cypress National Preserve, Dec 2010 to present.  While there is merit to putting lots of data all in one spot to see, there is also a risk of making a graph that is too busy to reasonably view.  From top to the bottom, the monthly rainfall, average preserve-wide swamp stage, a regional water table comparison, and sheetflow under the Tamiami Trail area shown.  Trends worth noting?  Waters are currently peaking but it’s been a relatively short stint of water in the higher terrain, i.e. pines, this year.  Some areas, such as OK Slough and East Hinson Marsh (as indicated by BCA2 in the second graph from the bottom) barely got wet at all.  Projecting into the future, the dotted white lines (i.e. long-term median) shows water to also be on the verge of a slow and steady decline.

September is the last core month of the summer rainy season.

The peninsular afternoon rain shower machine shuts down in early October, right around Columbus Day. After that, we’re left looking toward the tropics for a possible last hurrah from the wet season.

Last year, you may remember, October did not disappoint.

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