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Posted on: January 10, 2024

SRWMD Hydrologic Conditions Report for December is now available

Hydro Report December 2023

LIVE OAK, FLA., JANUARY 10, 2024 – 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 December.  

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 about the impact rainfall has on North Florida.  

Notable highlights from the month of December include:  

  • The District received an average rainfall of 8.28 inches, which is over 2.5 times more than the 1932-2022 average of 3.15 inches of rain. This marks the third highest rain total for the month of December since 1932. 
  • The 12-month rainfall period ending December 31 reflected a Districtwide rainfall surplus of 4.58 inches. This is a significant improvement from the 2.58-inch deficit seen at the end of November. 
  • Most District counties received between 6 inches and 10 inches of rainfall on average, though areas of Baker, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor received more than 10 inches of rainfall. 
  • Many river stations across the District finished in either the normal (25th to 75th percentile) or above normal (75th to 100th percentile) flow ranges.  
  • Upper Floridan Aquifer levels across the District reflected mainly normally (25th to 75th percentile), high (75th to 90th percentile), or extremely high (more than 90th percentile) groundwater levels in December. 
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) three-month seasonal outlook suggests near normal temperatures along with above-normal precipitation throughout the District from January through March.  
  • The U.S. Drought Monitor report released on January 4 shows no areas of the District with any drought characteristics.   

The full report can be found on 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. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

For more information about the District, visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter

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