Record-setting March rainfall doubles average

The monthly Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) hydrology report released this week showed March received more than double the average amount of rainfall in North Florida.

The report highlights rainfall, surface water and groundwater levels, along with climate and drought outlook, to enhance public awareness of water levels impacted by rainfall in North Florida.

SWRMD March 2022 rainfall total chart

According to the SRWMD March hydrology report: 

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  • The District received an average of 10.68 inches of rain during the month, which is more than double the 1932-2021 average of 4.36 inches. Some areas of the District received more than 14 inches of rain.
  • The 12-month period ending March 31 shows a rainfall surplus of 9.28 inches when compared to the 12-month average between 1932-2021. This means the District has received more rainfall than the historical average during the previous 12 months. 
  • All river stations tracked by the District show river flow in the normal (25th to 75th percentile) or above normal (75th to 100th percentile) ranges. 
  • The Upper Floridan Aquifer levels across the District were within the high (75th to 90th percentile) or extremely high (90th percentile and up) at the end of March. This means additional rain could cause standing water or minor flooding in some areas. 

Click here to view the entire report, or visit the SRWMD website and click under the “Science & Data” tab. The data is typically updated the second week of each month, along with reports from the previous five years are available for viewing. 

SWRMD’s mission is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The district is headquartered in Live Oak and serves 15 surrounding North Central Florida counties. 

SWRMD March 2022 rainfall total chart

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