Jul 2, 2020

Summer - clouds = Very hot!

Humidity and shade ...

Usually help stifle back Florida's high noon sun.

We're now in the summer plateau:
Daytime highs and lows nineties and
nighttime lows in the high seventies
for the next 3-4 months

Not this week!

A run of mostly cloud-free days allowed the heat to build up and persist.

To make matters worse, Labor Day is still two months away.

Not that Labor Day even matters.

Comparison of Naples
to other places along
the East Coast

Summer's grip in south Florida won't relent until mid October.

Suffice it to say, the summer slog is upon us.

Our only hope is for the clouds and rains to return soon!

Jul 1, 2020

Pretty flower

While some people may wait around ...

For the perfect shot.

I took these two photos ...

In less than one minute flat.

And no I didn't wait for them to bloom.

I was rushing to beat a cloud shadow moving in fast.

Jun 30, 2020

How to: Weather a dry spell

Lawns may be drying up in town,

But the swamp is doing just fine thank you.

Whoa, can you see how
September and March of
Water Year 20202 were
unusually dry?
The reason:

Fifteen inches of rain over the past two months.

The swamp sponge helps retain that rain,

And also weather a dry spell or two.

Great job Swamp!

Jun 28, 2020

Ugliest canal you ever saw

There's something about this canal ...

I've never liked.

Who says gators like canals?
This one got thwacked on the head
by a high-speed boat

Maybe it has something to do ...

With it cutting off California Slough.

Maybe it has something to do with it ...

Stealing water from the adjacent swamp from below.

It's a tough life
being a cypress dome
right by a canal

The only good news:

Latest word is that this canal may get filled in, at least partially.

That's better than the status quo.

Jun 26, 2020

Water under the bridge(s)

Tamiami Trail is more than a road,

It's bridges are the hydrologic life line for the swamp to the south.

This chart shows annual
flow volume and duration
bridge by bridge

Of note:

Barnes Strand (Bridge 86) flows the most and the Dade County bridges the longest.

See a few posts down for detailed hydrographic maps of the above bridges.

Nothing like some data and a few maps to help connect the dots.

Jun 25, 2020

Swamp ladder?

The swamp is as big ...

As it is shallow.

Major swamp habitats
from low to high

Deep drought and peak flood ...

Are separated by just around four feet.

That makes the seasonal climb up the swamp ladder just "step stool" high.

Jun 24, 2020

Swamp step stool

A step stool, not a ladder
is the height that separates

the high and low ground
in the swamp

Jun 23, 2020

Bridges of Collier County

Sometimes I think Google Earth makes us lazy.

Instead of true inquiry, we simply zoom in and out.

This map allows you to connect bridge numbers
to the natural flow features that feed them

And yes I know its a powerful tool,

But to really dig in you have to integrate information from other sources.

It's only then that a deeper understanding starts to float to the top.
Can you see how the numerical
sequencing of the Tamiami Bridges starts
anew in at the Collier-Dade line?

These maps opened my eyes to details I previously missed.

And allowed me to share those observations with others.

At the end of the day, that's what it's all about.

Jun 21, 2020

Gatekeepers of the glades

Structures have a reputation for controlling the show,

But they only supply 20-30 percent of the water to any one spot.

egulatory rules control
how much and when water flows
through the gates

The rest is rain.