Tortoise marches on

The water cycle in south Florida is an annual race between the Tortoise (evapotranspiration) and the Hare (rainfall).

The Tortoise moves along at a steady pace all year round – and, just as in the fable, overtakes the sleeping Hare in slow-motion fashion about halfway through the winter dry season.

Currently, that’s where we are now.

Yesterday’s dash of rain in Loxahatchee and in the Big Cypress was a reminder of the summer rains to come, but those drops were largely “hit or miss,” and the ones that did “hit” were rapidly soaked down into the ground and transpired out.

The Hare stirred, but did not awaken.

Water levels continue to drop.

That will change toward the second half of May with the start up of our 5-month long wet season.

That’s when the Hare will leap ahead to the thunderous applause of the cumulonimbus, with wetlands rising out from the ashes in the water from its wake.

Until then, look for the drying down and drying out to continue.

The Tortoise marches on.

Photograph shows Turner River’s drought-exposed channel, looking south from US41.
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