Winter drought challenge

Why is a month of no rain in January …

a lot less severe than 30 days of no rain in March?

Without some well timed winter rains,
south Florida’s seasonal drought
can turn severe by spring

Multiple choice answers:

a. January’s closer proximity to the previous wet season means that giant (but dwindling) landscape puddles are usually still around.

b. Spring evaporation and plant transpiration are on the rise in March, but negligible in cooler air and shorter daylight hours of January.

c. Trick question — both are mathematically even.

d. People are too preoccupied by football to notice weather in January.

e. a and b only

f. Or fill in the blank: ________________(300 word limit)

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