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Can a few big rain days make a wet season?

That depends on where they fall.

In the case of Daytona Beach’s record-setting May, it was three back to back to back +4 inch rain days – three in a row – followed by two more at over an inch, for a five day grand total of 20 inches.

Compare that to rainfall in Naples over the same period.

The Naples and Ft Myers area has totaled just over 6 inches, and Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve 9 inches, in the two weeks since the wet season started on May 11th.

That’s over twice the May average – which puts us on pace for a quick start into the wet season, but it was won the hard way with steady daily accumulations in the 0-1 inch range.

But isn’t it the case that Mother Nature so often muddles up tidy comparisons?

Several miles inland from Naples, just north of Big Cypress, is a rain gage in that recorded an eye popping daily rain total of 11.1 inches last week.

That rain was part of the same low that passed over central and northeast Florida, but it was a thin, stationary, and isolated tendril of cloud action. (You can see it if you look closely on the rainfall map in the previous Rain Or Shine Report.)

And talk about hitting the center of the bull’s eye!

That rain landed smack dab in the middle of Okaloacoochee Slough, or OK Slough as we call it for short.

That’s a big rain day that can soak in and spread south.

The same rain on Daytona slips sideways out to sea.

Speaking of flowing south:

Last week’s Kissimmee rains are this week’s Okeechobee inflows.

More on that later.

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