August sees below average rainfall across the district

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 — Continuing an unusually low rainfall pattern from July, rainfall during August was below average across most of the St. Johns River Water Management District. All counties except Brevard, Indian River and Okeechobee had below average rainfall.

“August’s dry conditions are a reminder that water conservation remains a year-round priority,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Water conservation is something we can all do which plays a significant role in water supply resiliency.”

The greatest deficits occurred in Clay, Nassau and Putnam counties. Rainfall totals in these counties were less than 60 percent of the average rainfall for August. The low rainfall for the month is noteworthy given August is part of the rainy season.

  • As a districtwide average, total rainfall over the past 12 months is now more than 7.5 inches lower than average.
  • Baker and Flagler counties have the greatest deficits, with 26 percent and 24 percent lower than average rainfall respectively.
  • Indian River, Osceola and Okeechobee counties remain above average for the previous 12 months.

The month’s end was punctuated by Hurricane Hermine. During the first three days of September, Hurricane Hermine brought significant rainfall to the northern and western areas of the district with rainfall totals between six and eight inches in Baker and western Duval counties.

The full report was presented at today’s Governing Board meeting. County by county precipitation reports and other data is available online at

The district’s hydrologic data collection program collects, processes, manages and disseminates hydrologic and meteorological data that are used for consumptive use permitting, water shortage management, establishment of minimum flows and levels, water supply planning and management, environmental protection and restoration projects, and operation of district flood control facilities.