Tail that wags the spring swamp

Usually by the end of a water year,

We know what we have.

Bar chart of this year’s annual,
wet season and dry season rain totals
to previous water years

But this year I’m still left scratching my head.

The annual rainfall total tells me we had a “dry year,” and yes, that was all but predestined when we only received 35 inches of wet season rain (i.e. our normal wet season is 43 inches).  Meanwhile here we are in late April and the marl is still mushy.

The reason?

Answer: Our slightly above average 14 inches of winter season rain.

Numbers wise, the dry season can never compete with wet season totals.

However, the effect of those chancy winter rains, when they strike, is profound when it comes to striking a balance between fire and flood.

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