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.