Statewide soaking brings double the rain during May

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

PALATKA, Fla., June 12, 2018 — May’s wet weather pushed rainfall totals across the St. Johns River Water Management District to double the average.

For the month of May, the districtwide rainfall total was 8.8 inches compared to the average of 3.5 inches. This is a departure from last year’s data when rainfall was trending significantly below average.

While May’s rainfall has been reported as record setting, it wasn’t record setting in all areas of the district, with weather stations in Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Vero Beach having recorded more rain in prior years.

  • Indian River County had the highest monthly rainfall, with 11.6 inches, followed by Seminole and Volusia, with just over 10 inches.
  • Twelve-month rainfall totals are above average, with a zone of unusually high rainfall running through northern Alachua, Putnam, southwest St. Johns and northwest Flagler counties.
  • Putnam County had the highest 12-month rainfall of 76 inches.
  • Districtwide, the annual total is 16.5 inches above average.