All eyes on May

In the early part of May, when the drought was in full swing, all eyes were on June:

It’s not only the first official “full month” of the wet season, but also the rainiest (especially on the southwest coast), and traditionally – also our drought killer.

But an early May 11th start to this year’s rainy season (May 20th is the long-term average) now has everyone thinking in the opposite direction:

Will this be a record flood year instead?

The Upper Kissimmee led the way with over 14 inches for the month.

That’s 11 inches more than the 50-year 3 inch median, and rivals the 50-year record high for June. That’s an unusual soaking by wet season standards, let alone a typically rain-deprived May.

The reality is that it could have easily been more.

The baroclinic low parked a few hundred miles off shore in the Gulf spread most of its rain through central and northeast Florida. It was an atmospheric “flap of the butterfly wings” that those buckets of rains didn’t side step further to the south.

And why is it that “droughts always end in floods?”

That’s not always the case, but it sure seems that way in Florida … every year actually.

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