May 25, 2017

What a difference a headwaters makes!

The Everglades has a reputation ...

For being wetter than the Big Cypress.

Quick look at water depth
(above the slough floor) in the Everglades
compared to water depth (below the center
of the cypress dome floor)
in the Big Cypress

That's only because the Everglades is connected to its headwaters.

The Big Cypress in comparison has to rely on direct rainfall.

For the most part its historic headwaters have been cut off.

Quick-hit storm

Last nights front was impressive ...

But also a little too quick.

Visual map showing rain totals
from last night's storm

Had it only been a little slower we would have gotten a lot more rain.

May 23, 2017

How to: Elevate water

You get the water right ...

You get the ecosystem right.

Water forms the foundation
of the swamp pyramid

Water is the center of the universe ...

Around which the entire ecosystem revolves.

Water is the center
of the swamp universe
Sometimes the water needs help.

That's called hydrologic restoration.

May 22, 2017

May 21, 2017

Par for course

Can you see Lake
Okeechobee's levee?

How about the S-351?

How about the flag
for Hole 6?
Here's a closer look!

(Lake levee in background
looking North)

May 20, 2017

Scorched dome (gets second life)

Everyone always comments after a wildfire ...

How fast the prairies green up.

Sky view:

he 2011 Jarhead Fire
caused cypress tree mortality
in the domes below

But what about when cypress domes get torched?

Dead trees aren't so quick to bounce back.

Ground view:

Can you see the dome
coming back to life?

Happy to report this dome is doing just that.

May 19, 2017

Drought by months

We're now on our 8th consecutive month ...

Of 4 inches or less of rain.

Our last "wet season" worthy
rainfall month was August 2016

Will May be the streak breaker ...

Or will we have to wait to June?

Either way there's going to be a lot of filling up to do (see below).

May 16, 2017

Waiting for the rain

May and June set the tone for wet season.

Some years they produce lots of rain (and quick), i.e. 20 inches.

History of May and June rainfall
for Big Cypress National Preserve
Other years, the skies fizzle and we get less than 10.

We'll need the former this year to get our deeply submerged water table back.

Currently midway through May we're at 2.3 inches.

Sweetwater bottoms out

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