We've got a seasonal stream that runs through the property. Actually, we have several streams, some large, some small. Most end up feeding one main creek that flows pretty much right up to August. Then it slows to a trickle and surges again during the winter.
I didn't realize that steams flowed more heavily in the winter. Spring melt off I understand - all that snowmelt has to go somewhere. But our streams start to flow in late fall and really get going around mid-November. No snow necessary. With absolutely no scientific fact to back it up, my theory is that ground water that is normally spread throughout the forest is forced into the stream beds as the ground freezes.
That's the story I'm sticking with anyway. Anyone else?