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“Warm” Thanksgiving Wishes
And why the company matters most

You know it’s cold in south Florida …

When daytime highs don’t rise above 70° F.

The chart above shows Naples FL’s
daytime highs and nighttime lows
forecast for this Thanksgiving
and Thanksgivings past.

By that metric, South Florida was graced with three (3) consecutive Thanksgiving Days of winter-like (i.e. at or below 70°F) cool for the Thanksgivings of 2012, 2013 and 2014.  The past seven Thanksgivings have been warmer by comparison. The good news: this year’s won’t be too warm.  A daytime high of 80 sounds perfect to me. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone everywhere and remember it’s not about the weather — it’s about the company!

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Happy H A L L O W E E N
A Holiday Message from the Swamp

Swamps get an unfair reputation …

For being “spooky.

Read Halloween article HERE

Or should it be the swamp that fears us?

Happy H A L L O W E E N  !!!

Go Hydrology Extras:

(1) Go Hydrology unveils a new “after hours” blog called The Crackling Log. Tired after a hard day of working on the water (or whatever you do)? Join us at the campfire where we discuss the lighter side of water and other campfire friendly topics.

Crackling Log

(2) Swamp Safety is vital: (a) Singer/songwriter Bobby Angel chimes with a song on firefighter safety. (b) Snake safety: Be careful of snakes, both when hiking and driving.

Check out more Go Hydrology HERE

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Favorite structure?
Or is the best structure no structure at all?

For people that love nature …

We usually think rather dimly of concrete water works.

So the sentiment goes: If only they weren’t built, nature would be better off. Working in the background is also the understanding that control of water is a necessity of the modern world and the idea that it might just be okay so long as nature gets its fair share of the water, too.

With that in mind, can you guess my favorite water management structure in the Everglades?

a. S-79 WP Franklin Dam and Lock

b. Kissimmee River S-65E

c. Lostmans Slough S-12A

d. Hoover Dam on the Colorado River

e. Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake O

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Go Hydrology Extras:

(1) Videos flying over the Big Cypress during high water: (a) Optical Illusion Swamp and (b) an aerial tour of the Western Big Cypress.

(2) An in-depth paper on the ideal stage for Lake Okeechobee

(3) A narrated photo gallery of the Big Cypress during high water season.

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Best fall foliage?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Fall foliage normally doesn’t come to mind in Florida, but should the annual shedding of the cypress in Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve actually rank first (even over New England)?

This unbiased opinion piece says “yes.”

Discover why at Go Hydrology


In other Go Hydrology news:

  • Find out about a new concept called “Almost Big Rain Days (ABRDs)” and how its revolutionizing our understanding of how rain falls.

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Wet season tally (almost) in
Plus some other water cycle tidbits

Wet season rain varies geographically …

across south Florida. 

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Here’s a rainfall stumper

Can you guess which basin reliably gets the least amount of rain from May to October? a. Big Cypress Swamp b. Southwest Coast c. Miami-Dade d. Lake Okeechobee e. Water Conservation Area 3 f. a and c only

When will the first real cold front happen?

Other exciting water cycle news: (1) Has anyone every solved the mystery of the “high high” tide, and what about the “low low?” (2) Here’s a fresh look on the optimal stage for Lake Okeechobee. (3) Finally, definitive proof on when the afternoon rains precisely shut down.

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Swamp reaches peak
Among other topics

This week has been very eventful …

For a water drop like myself:

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(1) Bountiful late September rains have pushed the swamp to its annual peak. Culverts are gushing and pine roots are wet. But did a front of dry air just shut down the summer rain machine for the year?

(2) Major meteorological celestial collision occurs in the swamp.

(3) Bob presents the history of the Big Cypress Swamp like you’ve never heard before (that’s partly because the video has very iffy audio and I’m wearing a mask).

(4) Go Hydrology is getting a bit of a revamp. I think you’ll like the new design.

Go Hydrology’s menu

Find out more at: 

https://gohydrology.org

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Rainfall fizzle?
Or can the summer clouds still deliver?

First the good news:

Fall is near.

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Summer rain machine gets mothballed in 3-4 weeks

Now the not so good news:

The summer rain clouds still have work to do.

Here’s a closer look at the rain chart: https://gohydrology.org

Featured video: Steam rising out of the swamp after an ice cold rain.

Book review: Land from the Sea

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Labor Day in Florida
Or should it be called a different holiday instead?

Labor Day is celebrated up North on the continent as the start of the fall season – sweater weather, brisk mornings and pumpkin spiced dishes of all sorts. Can you guess what holiday Labor Day better resembles in south Florida?


a. Valentines Day

b. Father’s Day

c. April Fools

d. Groundhog Day

e. Fourth of July


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Swamp’s Summer Bell Tower
Hint: You have to very close to hear it

Can you guess what sound signals the start of the swamp’s annual”peak water” season?

a. squawk of the red-shoulder hawk

b. rolling thunder reverberating off tall cypress

c. the kerplunk of a pond apple in a cypress dome

d. non-stop constant din of air conditioners

e. croak of the bullfrog 


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