All counties in the SFWMD experienced above-average rain for the month
July's soaking of South Florida capped the wettest start to the wet season since 1968 and the wettest April-through-July period on record, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported. August, however, has provided some respite from the above-average rainfall of the previous four months.
District-wide, 10.36 inches of rain fell in July, representing 147 percent of average, or 3.33 inches above average. All 16 counties in the District saw above-average rainfall for the month, with the central portion of South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee, receiving the highest totals.
Early wet season rainfall topped recorded amounts, including:
Since August began, rainfall across the region has eased. Through Aug. 27, 5.17 inches of rain have fallen District-wide, which is 76 percent of average, or 1.61 inches below average.
Following several months of above-average rainfall, water levels are currently at or above scheduled levels in key areas, such as some lakes in the Kissimmee region and the Everglades Water Conservation Areas. With the decline in rainfall in August, however, water levels are beginning to drop closer to preferred wet season targets.
Lake Okeechobee stood at 15.56 feet NGVD on Aug. 28. This is 1.4 feet higher than its historic average for this date. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake level with input from stakeholders including the District, has been making regulatory releases.
South Florida Wet Season Facts
To read the entire The Ripple Effect click here