By Charles E. Roop
Sept. 1, 2014
The dog days of August are over and we should be nearing the end of the rainy season across our area, but the summer has been lacking in the rain department. Rainfall measurements in Tallahassee show a 5-inch deficit, according to August numbers from the Florida Climate Center. Tallahassee Regional Airport recorded 2.26 inches of rain in August.
The city has also set a record for the driest summer with nearly 9 inches of rain recorded, according to the Florida Climate Center. The old record was set three years ago with 10.89 inches of rain for the month. There has been rain falling for an average of one every three days, but it hasn't been enough to meet the norm.
"The frequent small amounts of rain combined with a very wet spring has let the North Florida area withstand the summer dryness without too much impact on crops or water resources...so far," the according to the Florida Climate Center's September newsletter.
August was fairly dry for most of the state, too. Almost all of the major reporting stations in Florida recored some rainfall deficit. The exception is Miami with nearly two-tenths of an inch above normal recorded.
The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to have communities such as Tallahassee, Quincy, and Monticello under moderate drought conditions. Some portions of southeastern Georgia are even under severe drought criteria.
With weather patterns not expected to change much, don't expect a widespread deluge across the viewing area in the near future.