The National Weather Service issued a sneak peek this morning on it’s December through February weather analysis, releasing rain totals today that are the highest on record or near record-breaking.
At Palm Beach International Airport, 19.9 inches of rain was measured during the past three months, qualifying this meteorological winter as the third wettest winter on record for West Palm Beach.
The record in West Palm Beach is 22.43 inches set in 1998.
Fort Lauderdale measured 17.07 inches, which is also it’s third wettest winter.
But Miami and Miami Beach both broke their winter rain amounts with 20.26 and 19.15 inches respectively.
It’s no surprise it’s been a soggy few months. South Florida’s water managers have been struggling to find places for all the water that’s fallen.
Lake Okeechobee releases into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries are at full throttle and water is being dumped south from water catchment areas into the Everglades.
On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency over the Lake Okeechobee water releases. Freshwater can damage the marine life that live in the brackish estuaries. Also there is some pollution runoff that comes with the Lake O water.
“The negative effects of flood waters and harm to wildlife we are currently witnessing in these counties is only the beginning,” Scott said in a statement.
The order recognizes “extensive environmental harm to wildlife and the aquatic ecosystem” and “severe economic losses” to businesses that rely on the St. Lucie estuary and the Indian River Lagoon. It authorizes the state’s Division of Emergency Management to coordinate assistance for the three counties from state and federal agencies.