PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 -- Data compiled by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows rainfall over most of the district remained below average during the past 12 months. A full report outlining rainfall totals was presented at the district's January Governing Board meeting.
"Recent dry conditions reinforce the importance of providing sufficient water for people and the environment," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "In pursuit of this balance, we'll continue to promote water conservation as it plays a significant role in determining future water supply needs."
Looking at annual rainfall totals, counties with the greatest deficits are Baker and Nassau, which are 21 percent below average for the past 12 months.
December was a dry month across much of the district. However, in contrast to previous months, the highest rainfall occurred in the north, while the southern third of the district remained very dry. The districtwide rainfall total was more than an inch below average in December. This follows a November that was one of the driest on record across central Florida. Examples of rainfall totals during December include:
- Duval and Clay counties had above average rainfall, with 3.3 inches and 3.2 inches, respectively;
- Volusia, Seminole and Brevard counties received only 0.7 inches of rain; and
- Orange and Lake counties had below average rainfall, with each receiving 1.1 inches.
County-by-county precipitation reports and other data is available online at www.sjrwmd.com/hydroconditionsreport.
The district's hydrologic data collection program collects, processes, manages and disseminates hydrologic and meteorological data that are used for consumptive use permitting, water shortage management, establishment of minimum flows and levels, water supply planning and management, environmental protection and restoration projects, and operation of district flood control facilities.