LIVE OAK, FLA., SEPTEMBER 15, 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 August.
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 August:
- The District received an average of 7.92 inches of rain, which was approximately 4 percent higher than the 1932-2021 average of 7.61 inches. Most counties in the District received between 6 inches and 9 inches of rain on average, with portions of Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Madison, and Taylor receiving more than 12 inches.
- Despite higher rainfall in August, the 12-month period ending August 31 showed a rainfall deficit of 1.25 inches of rain. This means the District has received less rainfall during the previous 12 months than the historical average.
- Monitored river gages in North Florida finished the month in either the normal (25th to 75th percentile), high (75th t0 90th percentile), or extremely high (above the 90th percentile) flow ranges.
- Upper Floridan Aquifer (UFA) levels across the District exhibited normal (25th to 75th percentile), high (75th to 90th percentile), or extremely high (above the 90th percentile) ranges at the end of August. Only one area of Lafayette County showed low (10th to 25th percentile) levels.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) three-month seasonal outlook favors above normal temperatures along with above normal rainfall chances throughout the District from September through November.
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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