Sep 18, 2011

Did tropics confuse continent?

The Continent and Floridian Peninsular as hydrologic opposites.

Spring is a time of roaring rivers and swollen lakes on the continent while down south on the peninsula water turns scarce and wildfires take spark.

Continental streams usually reach their ebb in fall

And vice versa in fall:

The swamp is at flood stage while continental rivers are at the bottom of their summer baseflow recession.


At least that’s usually the case.

This year in New England rivers are cresting at record levels … in fall! Don’t forget where all that water came from – The Tropics – in the form of Hurricanes Irene and Lee.

Except when they get two consecutive tropical storms!

Or in other words,

That’s Florida-style rain spiking those New England hydrographs!

1 comment:

Janie said...

It has been a weird water year, and I guess a particularly
interesting one for a hydrologist!