Wet season misnomer?

Technically speaking, the wet season is over.

Pond apple start
the dry season
floating high.

But in terms of rainfall on the horizon and sheetflow on the ground …

We still have a lot of wet months to go.

You see …

Wet season is a meteorological – not a landscape – term.

October rain totals could be boosted
by frontal and tropical rains
due this weekend.

By official meteorological standards, i.e., dew point consistently dropping below 70° F, the wet season was pronounced over by the National Weather Service in Miami on October 19th. (Read official bulletin.) That temperature is the tipping point below which regular afternoon thunderstorms no longer regularly appear. It was a shorter than normal wet season: It lasted only 133 days, compared to the normal 153, but that was because it got off to an unusually late start on June 9 …

Plus, it had to lift itself out of a deep and prolonged spring drought.

On the other end of the spectrum,

Just because the wet season is over doesn’t mean our flood-season boosting rains are done.

October rainfall is hit or miss:
This year has been a hit!

An active tropics and healthy clip of continental fronts have conspired to boost October rain totals to the equivalent of a core wet season month …

Plus, the weekend forecast is calling an exclamation point at the end.

This pond apple forests will stay
flooded well into winter.

The result?

Pond apples will be floating into the dry season for weeks to come!

BTW: Dry season is a meteorological term, too.

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