Another “snowless” winter solstice in south Florida,
But last week’s cold front did bring us some rain!
|Shortened winter days cause the cypress to lose their needles|
That was good enough to give us a good half inch south of the Lake.
(Click here to view a basin-specific rainfall chart for your area.)
South Florida averages 13 inches of rainfall during its 6-month dry season, as counted from the start of November through April. Two winters ago was extremely dry – only 4 inches fell all dry season long – compared to last year which was exceedingly (and consistently) rainy with 21 inches.
So far this year, we’ve received around 2 inches.
But don’t forget about our record-setting dry October.
That got the dry season recession off to an unusually early start.
|Could we be in for a repeat of two winters ago?|
How early is early?
It’s only mid December and already swamp stage is dropped down into “spring equinox” form, or almost:
Typically, we don’t see waters this low into the cypress until February or March.