WINTER RAINS – TOO MUCH AND TOO LITTLE


A look at Florida’s January through March monthly rainfall totals shows a large difference between the panhandle and the peninsula. Pensacola and Tallahassee normally receive twice as much rain as Orlando, Tampa, and Miami as cold fronts draw Gulf moisture northward. As the days become warmer and the days grow longer, the Florida peninsula has to go through the spring dry season before any real relief comes from summer thundershowers and tropical rains of the late summer monsoons.

El Nino winters often bring two to three times more rainfall than La Nina, but they also increase the threat of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. But for this year we have La Nina, and it looks like there will be more wildfires. Now that we turn our clocks forward on March 11, we can go back to irrigating our lawns and gardens twice a week. The best time to water is between 4 AM and 10 AM.

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