Weeki Wachee Weather
Thursday 11/22 20%
A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 72F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 11/23 20%
Partly cloudy. High 76F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 11/24 20%
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 76F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 11/25 10%
Partly cloudy. High 76F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 11/26 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then variable clouds during the afternoon with more showers at times. High 74F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday 11/27 10%
Mostly sunny skies. High near 65F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Weeki Wachee River Health Status
- Declining water flow
Average flow 1940-1969 was 185cfs (cubic feet per second). From 1970 to 2000 the average dropped to 165cfs.
Less flow means lower water levels, which in turn leads to the cypress trees, which should be rooted in shallow water, to be high and dry and crowded by hardwoods.
- Increasing nitrates
Historically near zero, has climbed steadily to more than 0.9 parts per million.
- Eel grass
Native plants and food source for manatees being replaced by the invasive lyngbya algae.
- Exposed limestone river bottom
The craggy with exposed limestone river bottom has become too sandy.
Some of the sand came from the artificial beach at the Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs and other from the sediment that had run off from nearby highways. Both have been remedied, but improvements to the river may take many years to become evident.
Streamflow data for the Weeki Wachee River
Located on the right bank of the river at Weeki Wachee’s Springs “Pelican Orphanage”, off of Hernando County Rd 550, 0.62 mi west from the intersection of US-19 and SR-50 (View map).