SEPTEMBER NOT ALWAYS OUR WETTEST MONTH

Since 1980, Jacksonville’s average monthly rainfall for September has been 7.28 inches. According to the averages that’s the wettest month of the year.

But wait a minute! That average includes wet Septembers and dry Septembers. We have some Septembers that had monthly totals of 12 to 16 inches. In those years, tropical depressions and tropical storms have boosted the numbers. In the years with no tropical systems affecting us, September is either very dry, or rainfalls are below the monthly average.

Unless some unforeseen storm approaches within the next two weeks, September 2013 will fall in the class of Septembers 1980 (3.03″), 1981 (1.22″), 1983 (4.61″), 1986 (3.03″), 1990 (2.60″), 1997 (3.97″) and 2003 (3.04″).

This month isolated downpours have occurred in a few parts of the city, such as Craig Field/Arlington 1.34″ and Jacksonville Beach 3.86″. But at Jacksonville Int’l Airport, as of September 16 our rainfall has been only .23″.

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