Where Go Hydrology celebrates Florida’s wetter half
South Florida has one wet season …
But the final tallies vary geographically.
For example, Lake Okeechobee usually gets the lowest amount of wet season rain, around 33 inches. Compare that to the Lower East Coast (Miami), Big Cypress and Southwest Coast that averages 43 inches of wet season rain. South Florida Wide, the number falls somewhere in between at around 38 inches. For water drop counting purposes, we compute wet season rain for the six-month period from the start of May to the end of October. Thus, it’s too early to call the final tally yet, but we are pretty close so it’s worth taking a look. As stands, we’re a little below the typical average. That could still yet change, as the clouds have until Halloween to get their final drops in.
BTW: October is better understood as a transition month between the wet and dry season, but we lump its entirety into the wet season rainfall tally for book keeping purposes, and to be consistent from year to year.
The good news:
We still have 3-4 weeks of wet season to go.
By wet season,
I’m talking meteorologically, and specifically the regular pattern of afternoon rain showers.
Yes, we may get tropical weather in October and November (think Wilma and Eta), and yes the swamp will remain soggy through the calendar year and winter cold months.
But by mid October the rain machine usually shuts down.
By my counting, we still have some filling up to do.