Jun 15, 2011

Can a deluge extend the drought?

The trail on those animal tracks went cold …

Or rather I mean got “soaking wet” and washed away instead.

Low spots fill up quickly ...

as shown on the Turner River looking downstream.

The nearby Ochopee weather station recorded 4 inches of rain on Sunday. That filled all the local low spots back up with water quickly – literally over night. But Ochopee is just a small part of the swamp’s vast domain. Until we get a big regional-wide rainmaker, it’s going to take a series of afternoon storms to refill the swamp.

That could stretch later into the summer, if we get there at all.

Especially after a deluge of 4 inches in one day.

But first thing first:

That four inch rain unwittingly started at least four new wildfires farther north. We’ll need more rain, and quick, to put them out.

Still lots of filling up to do

As shown on the Turner River looking upstream

The rain won't wash away the drought as easily as it did the animal tracks.

3 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Here's a look at some regional rain charts for your area of south Florida.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Good news! It looks like this afternoon's rains put a pretty good dousing on those lightning strikes from Sunday. Here's a map courtesy of SFWMD that shows it. Wildfire threat is still high until the swamp's fill up a good foot or two.

Caroline said...

Rob,
My daughter in MN had 6" this week so farm, her father-in-law's cornfield looks like a rice paddy. I am sure they would be glad to share with you and get the Turner River flowing.