What Climate & Weather Is Found in a Freshwater Marsh?

By Alecia Stuchlik
Marsh lands teem with life.

Wetland swamps, bogs and marshes host the highest diversity of species among all the ecosystems, according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Wetlands lie in both the freshwater biome and the ocean ecosystem due to the existence of salt and freshwater marshes.

Marsh Climate

Hydrophytes thrive in marshes.

Excessively moist and humid conditions define wetland climate. Specialized plants called hydrophytes thrive in the wet conditions of marshes, according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Wet Season

An egret in an Atlantic coast marsh.

Temperate marshes lying along the Atlantic coast experience steady levels of rainfall throughout the year. Subtropical marshes, however, encounter daily rainfall during the wet season from June through September.

Dry Season

Wetlands in Florida.

While temperate zones do not really experience a dry season, subtropical areas have a dry season that lasts from October through May, according to the website Floridian Nature.

Fire

Marshes may be at risk for fires.

Particularly in the subtropical marshes, dry season brings chances of fire as the water level fluctuates with the weather. According to Floridian Nature, shallow marshes burn on a one to three year cycle, while deep-water marshes encounter fire every three to five years.

About the Author

A Kansas-based writer, Alecia Stuchlik has been writing since 2007. Her articles have appeared in “K-State’s Statements” and “Manhattan Magazine.” She has a Bachelor of Arts from Kansas State University in anthropology and English.