This is the time of the year …
Where water levels go nowhere fast.
|Water depth hydrograph for Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve|
comparing this water year to last year
Blame the wretched cold weather. The evapotranspiration machine has been turned off. Also factoring in was last weeks rain. No it didn’t raise water levels, but can you also see how they held steady (i.e. didn’t drop).
The bigger story is the saturation level.
Water levels are a half foot above normal mid-January levels and a full foot higher than mid January of last year.
|Calendar chart showing the history|
of flooding in Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve
There aren’t many Januaries you find the wetting front up in the hydric pines.