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Posted on: October 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Rainfall in September Sets a Record Low

A graph displaying the total rainfall amounts from 1970 to 2019 in the month of September with 5.58

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 8, 2019 – Rainfall in September reached a record low of 0.92 inches on average throughout the District. The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) observed 15 raingages that received less than 0.5 inches throughout north central Florida. District rainfall records extend to 1932.

“Counties within the District received high rainfall for June and July, while the spring months were relatively dry,” said Hugh Thomas, Executive Director of the District. “Low rainfall amounts in September could lower river levels, as well as groundwater levels.”

The District monitors 42 raingages throughout all or part of the 15 counties it serves. 

The 1932-2018 average rainfall for the month of September is 5.58 inches. However, area raingages displayed less than half the average amount of rainfall for this September and no raingage within the District recorded more than two inches of rainfall.

The second lowest recorded rainfall for the month of September is 1.03 inches in 1972. 

Overall, the District has received an average of 56.96 inches in the past 12 months. The 1932-2018 average annual total of rainfall is 54.73 inches. 

Real-time rainfall amounts can be found on the Current Rainfall Data page on the District’s website. 

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

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