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Below average rainfall and drought conditions are being seen on the First Coast

Below average rainfall on the First Coast has created drought conditions at the start of February. What does this mean?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — At the start of February North East Florida is technically in a drought.  This after well below average rainfall fell in the months of December and January. Now here in February, conditions are starting to get a bit dry. 

Cristine Mundy the Bureau Chief for water resource information in North East Florida noted, “We have seen for both December and January are rainfall has been about half of what it should be for this time of year, but we are still seeing the Aquifer our primary drinking water source is still in good condition.”

This is because the Aquifers water supply takes in account rainfall from the past 6-12 months, that means back when we received high amounts of rainfall over the summer including hurricane season.  Still though, these dry conditions have been having an impact on local farms. 

See why conditions are typically hotter in the city and in rural areas here.

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Check the latest drought conditions here. 

Cristine noted “they are very directly impacted and they would rather have rainfall than have to pump from wells to continue to grow their products.” 

She also noted water supply concerns don’t really start to become a concern unless it’s a very extended drought. 

 That is the key thing, despite the lack of rainfall our drought is not a cause for alarm at this point, but it’s worth watching.  Therefore some of you may not even notice on your yards at his point that we are in a drought. Of course, we will always let you know when rain will return here to the First Coast.  

To check the latest forecast visit here.

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