May 10, 2016

The year of "no dry down?"

Water level had dropped 1.5 feet from the winter peak,

Until last weeks storm reversed the trend (by a half foot).

This hydrograph displays the height of the water table in Big Cypress National Preserve over the past two years (and up to present) relative to the long-term stats (i.e. 1993 to present) and major ecological thresholds.  The dotted white line is the long-term average.

That puts the swamp 1.5 feet higher ...

Than the long-term mid-May norm.


That means the center of domes and strands and still full, i.e. no dry down this year.

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