Jun 23, 2015

June rains are critical

It's been a good few years ...

Since we've had a big June rain.

The above chart displays a history of  June rainfall  totals in Big Cypress National Preserve from 1990 to 2013.  This June has about a week left.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, June rainfall totals routinely topped 10 inches.  In 2005 the June record high was set (20 inches.)  Recent years have been well off that mark (i.e. down) in comparison, most notably in 2011 and 2012 when just over 5 inches fell Big Cypress National Preserve wide. That perpetuated and extended the spring drought practically to the Fourth of July.

Last year's June total was almost 9 inches -- not bad.

The fate of this wet season could turn on how close we get to that ten (10) inch mark in the next week.