Water officials: January was wettest on record

Posted at 3:22 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 15:22:22-05

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- January rainfall along the coast was over 500% higher than normal in 2016, marking the most rain recorded during the month since records began in 1932.

New numbers from the South Florida Water Management District indicate that a total of 9.18 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, 7.25 inches above average.

The area along the Southwest Coast was hardest hit, getting deluged with 11.54 inches of rain, an increase of 577% over normal.

Other rainfall statistics include:

  • January 27 was the wettest dry-season day in 25 years.
  • January 22 through 28 was the single wettest week District-wide since Tropical Storm Isaac in August 2012.
  • November through January, the first half of the dry season, was the wettest for this period since record keeping began in 1932.

Above-average rainfall is expected to continue for the next week.