How much rain did South Florida get last month? Five times historic average

South Florida got more than 9 inches of rain in January across the 16 counties managed by the South Florida Water Management District.

That’s five times the historic average and more than any single month in the entire 2015 rainy season.

Individual areas likely got more than 9 inches. In West palm Beach, a two-day total last week was above 5 inches.


“This winter is proving challenging for water managers who must balance flood control with protecting vital ecological areas such as the Caloosahatchee Estuary,” said South Florida Water Management District governing board member Mitch Hutchcraft. “In January, the region well exceeded its record rainfall total for the month.”

Here’s the districtwide look at January: