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Best fall foliage?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Fall foliage normally doesn’t come to mind in Florida, but should the annual shedding of the cypress in Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve actually rank first (even over New England)?

This unbiased opinion piece says “yes.”

Discover why at Go Hydrology


In other Go Hydrology news:

  • Find out about a new concept called “Almost Big Rain Days (ABRDs)” and how its revolutionizing our understanding of how rain falls.

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Wet season tally (almost) in
Plus some other water cycle tidbits

Wet season rain varies geographically …

across south Florida. 

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Here’s a rainfall stumper

Can you guess which basin reliably gets the least amount of rain from May to October? a. Big Cypress Swamp b. Southwest Coast c. Miami-Dade d. Lake Okeechobee e. Water Conservation Area 3 f. a and c only

When will the first real cold front happen?

Other exciting water cycle news: (1) Has anyone every solved the mystery of the “high high” tide, and what about the “low low?” (2) Here’s a fresh look on the optimal stage for Lake Okeechobee. (3) Finally, definitive proof on when the afternoon rains precisely shut down.

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Swamp reaches peak
Among other topics

This week has been very eventful …

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(1) Bountiful late September rains have pushed the swamp to its annual peak. Culverts are gushing and pine roots are wet. But did a front of dry air just shut down the summer rain machine for the year?

(2) Major meteorological celestial collision occurs in the swamp.

(3) Bob presents the history of the Big Cypress Swamp like you’ve never heard before (that’s partly because the video has very iffy audio and I’m wearing a mask).

(4) Go Hydrology is getting a bit of a revamp. I think you’ll like the new design.

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Rainfall fizzle?
Or can the summer clouds still deliver?

First the good news:

Fall is near.

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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


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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 


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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

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