Apr 1, 2013

Historical view of Huckabee

Wetlands are half land and half water,

But take away the water and the drought severity shoots up high.

This calendar chart gives a historical view
of instances and duration of wetland parchness
in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve in the vicinity
of the Huckabee Fire

Personally, I don't like the word drought.

It's fine as a part of general speech. But trying to agree on a common definition is surprisingly hard to find. That's why I've come up with a new term -- parchness -- instead. The calendar chart above shows the Wetland Parchness Index for Deep Lake Strand where recently, or just around it, an arson-suspected wildfire has flared up. A network of canals and levees cause this area to chronically dry down quickest and longest in the spring.

Or in other words, its Wetland Parchness Index is high:

P5 (dark red) means that even spring refugia pools in this area have gone dry.

Last word from the fire fighters on the scene are they are getting it contained.

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