Is the swamp still in deep drought …
Or is an early flood season already underway?
Answer: Yes and yes.
Two consecutive weekends has officially reflooded the cypress domes, and even up into the marl prairies in on the east side of Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve in Raccoon Point. The local rain gage recorded almost 9 inches of April rain. That’s a monthly total reminiscent of wet season month, but unlike the wet season – when the rains tend to be fairly well distributed (i.e. a little each day), most of this April’s total fell from just two events.
Three weeks ago I was walking in a dry apple forest.
Now the same pond apple forest is a foot deep!
Compare that to last year’s deep and protracted drought:
It took until early August to achieve a similar depth.
But Raccoon Point is the exception:
Much of the rest of the swamp is still down in dry season drought.