Long in the tooth

The wet season is really getting old!

How old you may ask?

Let’s just say pretty “long in the tooth.”

I divide the year in half: six “wet” months from May to October, and the other six “dry” season. May and October are what I call “shoulder” seasons: each is more dry than wet, but the start up of summer rains in late May and the chance of tropical moisture in October lumps them in with the summer months, even if they only average half the core-summer month total.

Speaking of old, I’ve been in the swamps for 12 wet seasons.

That sort of makes me “long in the tooth.”

I started at Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve in summer of 1998, as shown on the graph.

Our driest wet seasons since then were 1998 and 2000 when less than 40 inches of rain fell. Our wettest wet seasons were 1999, 2001, and 2005, each of which topped 50.

This year is chiming in right around average in the mid 40s, but that was largely thanks to an quick start in May.

Did it rain prior to 1998?

Yes … I think, or so I am told.

As far as I’m concerned, since I didn’t see it, it’s all rumor.

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