Spring dry out

We commonly split our year in two parts in south Florida:

A summer wet season and a winter dry one, the latter of which has been drier than normal.

(The result was an earlier than normal “dry down.” Our lowest-lying marshes, sloughs, and strands went dry by late February, leaving only isolated pockets of water in our dry-season refugia pools.)

But that bi-modal categorization misses the pivotal role that spring plays in our seasonal drought.

We’re now seeing those effects in full bloom:

Waxing daylight hours, hotter temperatures, a surge in plant transpiration, and often gusty desiccating winds.

Isolated showers quickly soak in, and within days its back to being as dry as it was before. (Don’t get me wrong – we’ll take any rain we can get!)

The winter “dry down” is all but passé; the spring “dry out” is the new concern.

That’s because in south Florida spring is not wildflower season, it’s wildfire season:

All it takes is a lighting strike from one of those isolated showers.

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