Florida’s drought is a distant memory – sort of. Despite June monsoons and a July that featured a major tropical storm, the state is still recovering from the dry winter and spring, according to the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).
Water shortage warnings will remain in place, but burning and watering bans have been lifted.
Significant Florida July rainfall events included Duval County in north Florida with 7.67 inches, 1.28 inches above average. Baker, Nassau and Putnam counties still had below-average rainfall for the month. In central Florida, Seminole County had 9.6 inches, 2.40 inches above average. Orange County received 1.01 inches above average and Lake County received 1.59 inches above average. Brevard and Indian River counties were both above average, receiving 7.0 inches and 8.27 inches.
A districtwide Water Shortage Warning Order was issued in March to encourage reduced usage and increased conservation, as well as to reinforce implementation of farm best management practices.
Parts of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and South Florida Water Management District also received well above-average rainfall in July. With the surge from Tropical Storm Emily and regular summer rains, the aquifer is expected to refill shortly, with peak hurricane season still looming in September and October.