Everyone always wants to know:
How much rain did we have for the year.
The problem is the calendar year …
As measured from January to January doesn’t make good hydrologic sense. There are two reasons for this: (1) South Florida’s water year starts with the onset of the rainy season in May. (2) A cut off at January includes months from two separate dry seasons, i.e. January through April of the previous dry season and November through December of the one currently under way. Thus, by regional standards, tallying the annual rainfall from May 1st to April 30th is a better way to discern wet and dry years.
Technically, I shouldn’t even post this graph!