Post Tropical Disturbance Rains – A look at the St Lucie & Loxahatchee

-St Lucie Inlet plume, June 5, 2020, aerial Scott KuhnsThis year’s hurricane Season was off to a quick start with a rare Tropical Disturbance that originated as Hurricane Agatha in the Pacific. Most of the rainfall occurred at Stuart, Florida on June 3rd and 4th, 2022.

-Image from “SFWMD Weather” a great resourceTCPalm reported significant rainfall along the Treasure Coast. My rain gauge in south Sewall’s Point read over 7 inches.And as the system pulled out over the Atlantic Ocean, Sunday, June 5, 2022, the day after the rains passed, it was beautiful! Both my husband, Ed Lippisch, and friend, Scott Kuhns, took flight. I will share their aerials today. We can use these photos as a baseline as more water makes it way to the St Lucie.

The ACOE opened one gate of S-80 to the C-44 canal for about one day, certainly C-23 and C-24 and C-25 overflowed, and then there is the surrounding runoff. Luckily no discharges came in from Lake Okeechobee, today reported at 12.75 feet. 

So what did the St Lucie River look like one day after such rains? Here you go!


~Scott Kuhns’ aerials, Sailfish Flats/confluence of the St Lucie River & Indian River Lagoon, near St Lucie Inlet. One can see the runoff plume.-Hutchinson Island in distance-Plume coming out of St Lucie Inlet -Sewall’s Point and Hell’s Gate SLR -St Lucie Inlet  -Area between Sewall’s and Sailfish Point, IRL -Sailfish Flats -Below: approaching Witham Airport plane is over Sewall’s Point going to Stuart 


Ed’s photos below are from Lake Okeechobee to the Loxahatchee River to the St Luice Inlet area. Ed said the canal water of the C-44 looked like expresso but no visible algae from the airplane.

-S-308 at Port Mayaca, Lake Okeechobee -Development along C-44 Canal near intake canal of C-44 Reservoir-S-80 at St Lucie Locks and Dam along C-44 Canal was closed after being open for about a day -Loxahatchee River in Jupiter also with runoff -St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, Sailfish Flats, Hutchinson Island 

So let’s keep our fingers crossed for no storms the remainder of hurricane season!

2 thoughts on “Post Tropical Disturbance Rains – A look at the St Lucie & Loxahatchee

  1. The Florida Current runs with the Gulf Stream, north to south. Yet water coming out of the Indian River initially sweeps north to south. That may explain why there is more sludge mixed with the sand at the Hobe Sound beach than at Stuart beach

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