Aug 16, 2011

Woodstork wonderland waits

The Big Cypress has water up in the pines …

Compare that to Corkscrew Swamp, not too far as the woodstork flies, where waters have yet to fully rebound out of the long and deep spring drought.

The dotted line is the twenty-year median.
As you can see, current stage is two feet below.

By my calculations,

Corkscrew is a good two feet lower than where it normally is (and probably should be) this late in the summer which, if you look at “last year” on the hydrograph, is exactly where it was in August of 2010:

Up in the pines, pond apple a good two feet deep.

My only caveat is that I am not collecting this data for myself: I call in to the front desk of Audubon’s Visitor Center who maintains a daily log of staff gage readings.

So who knows?

Maybe the gage got accidently moved.

Corkscrew boardwalk as seen earlier in June

Unlikely, but that makes me think:

I should take a trip to the boardwalk to double check.


Janie said...

Sounds like a good excuse to get out for a walk. The boardwalk looks like a pleasant place. You won't have to slog through water, and maybe, with lots of insect repellent, the mosquitoes will stay away.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's definitely worth a double check I agree.

Shawn said...

You're always welcome out here Bob, but yes-- we are pretty dry this year!!