“Solstice-skipping” winter equinox

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.

Here’s a Palm Beach Post article that elaborates on the state of our drought.

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.

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