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Rainfall fizzle?
Or can the summer clouds still deliver?

First the good news:

Fall is near.

rain machine
Summer rain machine gets mothballed in 3-4 weeks

Now the not so good news:

The summer rain clouds still have work to do.

Here’s a closer look at the rain chart: https://gohydrology.org

Featured video: Steam rising out of the swamp after an ice cold rain.

Book review: Land from the Sea

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Labor Day in Florida
Or should it be called a different holiday instead?

Labor Day is celebrated up North on the continent as the start of the fall season – sweater weather, brisk mornings and pumpkin spiced dishes of all sorts. Can you guess what holiday Labor Day better resembles in south Florida?


a. Valentines Day

b. Father’s Day

c. April Fools

d. Groundhog Day

e. Fourth of July


Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org

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Swamp’s Summer Bell Tower
Hint: You have to very close to hear it

Can you guess what sound signals the start of the swamp’s annual”peak water” season?

a. squawk of the red-shoulder hawk

b. rolling thunder reverberating off tall cypress

c. the kerplunk of a pond apple in a cypress dome

d. non-stop constant din of air conditioners

e. croak of the bullfrog 


Answer:https://www.gohydrology.org

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Ode to Oasis VC
A farewell song to a ranger who knew it well

The best thing about a song around a campfire …

Is doesn’t have to be perfect.

That’s what makes Stuck Inside of Oasis (with the Cypress Blues Again) the perfect campfire song. It’s not sung brilliantly, even if the video of Oasis that accompanies the song was shot in broad daylight (with growing cumulus clouds in the background). And I mess up quite a few lyrics and chords – also typical of campfire fair.

The song was written and first sung as a farewell song to a long-time ranger that spent many a long day welcoming and talking to visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve.

More recently I put the song to video, and in listening back I now see it in a much different light. As much as a farewell song to a good friend, it’s as an ode to a rather odd but endearing building called Oasis located in the middle of the swamp.

To me it’s nothing less than a hotspot of the universe.

Listen to the music video here.

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Swamp Rain Riddler
All it takes is one big rain, or does it take many?

There’s your normal rainy days in south Florida …

And then there’s the whoppers we call Big Rain Days (BRDs).

On Tuesday, we got our third whopper of the year.

Can you guess how many BRDs south Florida averages per year?

a. 3

b. 10

c. 12

d. 5

e. Trick question, daily rains matter most, not a few big storms

Answerhttps://www.gohydrology.org

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Meteorologic Mystery
Are wet season and monsoon season the same thing?

A friend informed me before I moved to Florida:

“You’re going to love the summer monsoons.”

Twenty years later …

I haven’t heard that word used since.

Could it be that wet season and monsoons are simply …

Different words for the same thing?

Summer clouds rising over the swamp, but are they monsoonal?

Or is there something more intrinsic that sets them apart?

Official Answerhttps://www.gohydrology.org

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Sluggish swamp?
Just ask the cypress domes and strands

Some years the swamp fills up fast, practically overnight.  Other years, the summer rise is a slow slog, taking weeks even months.  

But usually by late July, summer

flooding has reliably returned …

Except this year.

Here’s a closer look: https://www.gohydrology.org

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Hurricane season puzzler
Can you guess Florida's two biggest hurricane months?

Hurricanes are often “out of sight, out of mind” … 

until we have one bearing down.

Can you guess the two months that account for two-thirds of the storms that make landfall in Florida at hurricane strength?


a. October and September

b. September and August

c. July and August

d. February and March

e. June and September


Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org

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Mixed Blessings
Pros (and cons) of watershed label

Tricky True or False:

By being a watershed that receives all (or most) of its water straight from the sky, The Big Cypress has remained protected from and untouched by the drainage works and water management rules that surround it on all sides?

Answer: https://www.gohydrology.org

Hint: Unlike the Everglades to the east that depends on a complex system of water management rules and structures to deliver water downstream, people have traditionally talked about and celebrated the The Big Cypress (see above) as its own separate and rain driven watershed. But how true is it? And is that good or bad?

The answer may surprise you.

Also be sure to check my blog, called the Daily Drip.

Blog: https://www.gohydrology.org/drip

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