Wet Season

Where Go Hydrology celebrates Florida’s wetter half

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Final tally is (almost) in
Counting continues until Halloween

South Florida has one wet season …

But the final tallies vary geographically.

Comparison of wet season rain by basin

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.

rain charts

Summer fizzle?
Or will more rain showers save the day?

The good news:

We still have 3-4 weeks of wet season to go.

About 43 inches of rain fall in Big Cypress National Preserve every summer, as tabulated for the 6-month period from May to October.

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.

Transition between the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, looking west

By my counting, we still have some filling up to do.