Uncharacteristically unswamped

It’s official!


After 4 months of being “above normal” — that is, wet — swamp stage in Big Cypress National Preserve has officially dropped into “below normal” territory.

Water levels haven’t dropped so much as they have “held steady.”

Usually June is our “rebound out of spring drought” and “soaking in” season.

Just not this year.


The Big Cypress skies were skittish this June. Only 6.2 inches of rain were recorded preserve wide. You have to go back all the way to 1998 to find a lower rainfall June.

(Interestingly, that dry June and our current one have followed an El-Niño amplified wet winter.)

The 4th of July marks the end of the wet season’s first third.

Historically, its usually the rainiest due to lingering “springtime” instability in the upper atmosphere. As to what happened this year, I’m not sure — whether it was related in some way to the El Niño or a persistent high pressure ridge (stymieing convectional cloud formation)?

Now make way for the Bermuda High to set in and grab your popcorn:

It’s tropical hurricane “wait and see” season.

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