Wet season off to the races with unusually high May rainfall

May was an abnormally wet month for South Florida with nearly seven inches of rain falling across Palm Beach County to kick off the rainy season.

According to the South Florida Water Management District, 6.52 inches of rain was measured in Palm Beach County last month. That’s 2.05 inches above average.

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Man walks through downpour in downtown West Palm Beach along South Olive Ave. just south of Clematis St. Wednesday afternoon, May 4, 2016.

Man walks through downpour in downtown West Palm Beach along South Olive Ave. just south of Clematis St. Wednesday afternoon, May 4, 2016.

Districtwide, an area that covers 16 counties in South Florida, May rainfall was 7.11 inches, which is more than 3.30 inches above average.

The rainy season began May 16 as designated by the National Weather Service in Miami. It follows a dry season that was the wettest districtwide since 1958 with 29.49 inches of rain falling – nearly 12 inches above normal.

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Other rainfall totals included:

  • Palm Beach County recorded 6.52 inches of rain, representing 146 percent of average, or 2.05 inches above average.
  • Eastern Broward County was the only area near average in South Florida, with 5.25 inches of rain, representing 105 percent of average, or 0.23 inches above average.
  • Eastern Miami-Dade County recorded 6.97 inches of rain, representing 139 percent of average, or 1.95 inches above average.
  • The Southwest Coast recorded 5.37 inches of rain, representing 147 percent of average, or 1.72 inches above average.

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