I wouldn't throw in the towel on sheetflow just yet (see article.)
|Animated map of swamp's annual sheetflow cycle:|
Blue is water and tan is exposed land.
It isn’t until into July that it rises to full form:
Spatially pervasive, knee deep in the tall cypress, and flowing.
It’s not a flow you can see, per se – unless you are at a bridge where it’s concentrated – but if you are in the center of a strand during its peak you’ll observe an infinitesimally small current move silently south.
Sheetflow has no rapids.
Nor does it allow any dry ground.
|Sheetflow season typically spans the summer and into fall|
Perhaps sheeflow’s surest sign is an inch of water in the pinelands. That means the center of the cypress are three feet deep, and flowing …
Even if you can’t see or hear it.
|An inch of water in the pines is a sign that sheetflow is fully formed|
as seen near Raccoon Point in September 2010
If or when we get it, my guess is that it will take a tropical storm.
That one we’ll see and hear for sure!