Inner lumper

Are Florida rains “spatially” homogenous?

Yes and no.


Summer thunder showers are ubiquitous wherever you go. The four “core” summer months (June, July, August, and September) account for half of Florida’s annual 54 inch total.

The winter is a different story:

South Florida has a “dry” winter in comparison to a “wetter” north. That gives the Suwannee and the Apalachicola spring “high water” signatures.

The Everglades is just the opposite:

It peaks in fall.

Does that make a single number for all of Florida meaningless?

I’ve heard it said in life that there are “lumpers” and “splitters,” as if to imply you have to be either one or the other.

The truth is that we have to be a little of each.

Thanks to The Southeast Regional Climate Center for helping me find my “inner lumper!”

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