Jul 26, 2011

Uphill slog for Glades

Everyone talks about Lake O being so low,

But by historic standards it’s the downstream Glades that are drier.

The Glades deepest spot is notably low

It's not that they are dry.

Soggy and shallow is a better description.  Just ask the mosquitoes.  They love those stagnant pools.  (I have too many welts to count as proof.  By the way, they itch!)

If recent rains are an indication, they should filling up higher soon.

Regardless, it's been a slow start to the wet season. As illustrated on the upper chart, you can see quite clearly that our current year (blue) has fallen off the hydrograph! Keep in mind that’s based on a relatively short record, only 1993 to present, but still: How many people were around to see it lower? Okay, probably quite a few … only I wasn't one of them so for me it’s surprising to see. The calendar graph below give you a look at where our current condition compares to the 1971, 1974, 1981, 1989 and 1990 wet season droughts.

You have to go all the way back to 1990 to see a similarly shallow summer

Factoring in also is the depth of the spring drought.

Waters have risen a foot from their mid-June low-water mark, but they are still a foot below the twenty-year average for late July.

If this trend continues they may not even open up the gates!

(Not that the mosquitoes would mind ...)

1 comment:

jabblog said...

Drought is bad in so many areas of the world at present. I hope the solution, when it comes, will not lead to serious flooding.