Summer afternoon showers and tropical rainfall mean that Mother Nature may be able to handle much of your lawn sprinkling over the next few months, saving water and money. That’s why the St. Johns River Water Management District’s summertime water conservation message is “Watch the weather. Wait to water.”
Florida’s rainy season extends from May through October, typically accounting for up to 70% of our annual rainfall totals. The period from June to September includes the wettest months, with most rainfall monitoring stations in the District typically receiving 5 to 7 inches of rain during each of these months, compared to 2 to 3.5 inches in the winter and spring.
It is important to note that in most years, there is a slight difference between inland stations — for instance, Orlando and Gainesville — where the wettest month occurs early in the season, in either June or July. At coastal stations, such as Daytona Beach and Vero Beach, the wettest month usually comes later in September or October, when the impact of heavy rains from tropical activity is more frequent.
Since these are average patterns, it is best to pay attention to your local conditions — watch the weather, wait to water.
Here are some tips for taking advantage of Florida’s summer rains:
For more information, visit the Water Less campaign online at www.WaterLessFlorida.com. Join the conversation at #WaterLessFlorida #waterconservation #sjrwmd
About the St. Johns River Water Management District
St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the District and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The District encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Apopka, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.
For more information about the District, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.
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