LIVE OAK, FLA., JUNE 14, 2022 – To help enhance public awareness of water levels and the impact rainfall has on current conditions in North Florida, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has released its Hydrologic Conditions Report for the month of May.
This monthly report highlights rainfall, surface water and groundwater levels, a climate and drought outlook, as well as other scientific data that can be utilized to help educate the public of the impact rainfall has on North Florida.
Notable highlights from the month of May:
- The District received an average of 3.77 inches of rain, which was above the 1932-2021 average of 3.46 inches. Most counties in the District received between 2 and 5 inches of rain on average, with portions of Hamilton, Madison, and Columbia counties receiving more than 8 inches.
- The 12-month period ending May 31 showed a rainfall surplus of 9.12 inches Districtwide, with the Coastal Basin showing the highest surplus of 14.7 inches. This means the District has received more rainfall during the previous 12 months than the historical average.
- Most river stations tracked by the District show river flow in the normal (25th to 75th percentile) range, while the Ichetucknee River was in the above normal (75th to 100th percentile) range.
- The Upper Floridan Aquifer levels were in the low (10th to 25th percentile), normal (25th to 75th percentile), high (75th to 90th percentile), or extremely high (90th percentile and up) ranges at the end of May. The eastern portion of the District showed the majority of the extremely high aquifer levels, while the southern and western parts of the District had the areas with below normal aquifer levels.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) three-month seasonal outlook favors above-normal temperatures and above-normal rainfall chances from June through August for the District.
The full report can be found at the District’s website under the Science & Data tab. It is typically updated the second week of each month, and reports from the previous five years are available for viewing.
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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