Wet season’s one third

Florida-wide, August accounted for a third of the state’s wet season rain total.

You can see that fairly clearly in the bar chart above, data of which is provided by the Southeast Regional Climate Center located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina … going all the way back to 1895.
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That’s 113 years of rain data!

The wet season is indicated by the light blue bars. And by wet season I mean the rainier half of the year, from May through October. The orange bars on top is the dry half of the year, our dry season, from November through April.
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Now here’s where it gets tricky … but also interesting.
August is indicated by the “dark blue” band contained within the larger “light blue” bar of the wet season.
Over the past 50 years, the Florida has average 7.5 inches of rain and August … and around 36 inches for the wet season. This year’s August rain tally was 12.7 inches thanks to Fay … and the wet season total was 37 inches. .
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What does that mean?
Despite the epic rains left by Fay, this wet season goes down in the record books as an average one.
And to answer an old hydrologic hypothetical — what makes a wet season: one big rain or many small?
In this case, it was the classic story of one gargantuan rain day (Fay) that made one big month (August) that, when all said and done, made for an average wet season (2008).
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And while we are on hypotheticals, consider this:
What if Fay had turned away from Florida completely, or spun across the state at a faster pace?
If that were the case, we could still be in drought mode!
If you don’t believe me, just go ask Tampa:
It’s the only place in Florida that Fay missed its mark.
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Thus, one rain day does not make a year,
Not in all places …
Not even Fay.
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