Swamp ladder

It’s an early start to the wet season, but that’s only meteorologically speaking:

Late May and June are our traditional soaking in season.

Water’s have to soak in first before they can climb up the wetland ladder, where they crest in the pine flatwoods.

Here’s a graphical display of current swamp stage relative to major major ecological landscapes and historical statistics for Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve, as of Monday.

Our quickest wet season out of the gate was 2005. It shot up into pine country by mid June, and stayed there for 6 straight months. Last year the pinelands got their feet wet for 4 months in comparison.

But that’s getting ahead of ourselves:

The waters have to rise into the cypress first. That’s already happening in some places.

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