PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 15, 2019 — Data collected by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows rainfall during December 2018 as a mixed bag depending on whether you live in north or central Florida or in the district’s southernmost counties. Rainfall was above average in most areas, except for a zone of below-average rainfall in the district’s southernmost counties.
A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s January Governing Board meeting.
Less than four inches of rain was recorded during December in Brevard, Indian River and areas of Osceola, Orange and Okeechobee counties where the district collects data.
But portions of Marion County recorded more than 10 inches of rainfall, and Alachua and Putnam recorded between 8-10 inches during December. Most of the district ranged between 4-8 inches of rainfall.
The district continues to promote winter water conservation in its “Skip a Week” campaign, which encourages property owners to cut back on irrigation to every other week during cooler months, when grass is dormant and doesn’t require weekly watering. To learn more about rainfall totals or the district’s “Skip a Week” campaign, visit sjrwmd.com.