The dry season in South Florida is living up to its name, to say the least. Much of the region saw virtually no rainfall last month, leading to the driest November from Orlando to the Florida Keys since recordkeeping began in 1932.
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) officials reported only 0.14 inches fell Districtwide, representing 6% of average, or 2.15 inches below average. All SFWMD basins recorded below-average rainfall.
Hurricane Matthew in early October was the last time the region had any significant rain. The ensuing dry weather resulted in rainfall totals as low as 0.04 inches on the Southwest Coast and 0.03 inches in the Everglades Agricultural Area during November.
Areas along the East Coast saw some rainfall, but still were well below average.
To illustrate the weather extremes seen in the Sunshine State during the 2016 campaign, the year also started out with a record — the wettest January since recordkeeping began.