As forecast recently by meteorologists, residents in the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) experienced below-average October rainfall to start the annual dry season.
District-wide, 1.39 inches of rain fell across 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys in October, representing 37% of average, or a deficit of 2.39 inches. All counties experienced below-average rainfall, making the month the ninth-driest October since 1932 and the fifth-driest since 1983.
Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach counties experienced the driest conditions in South Florida:
• It was the third-driest October since 1915 for Martin/St. Lucie.
• It was the driest October since 1939 for eastern Palm Beach.
• Deficits reached up to 4.75 inches.
Overall, water levels across South Florida are at or starting to fall below their targets for this time of year, with regulation schedules designed to reflect that the hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30.