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Friday's rains biggest since Christmas

Only 10 'rainy days' since October 1

The least happened in St. Augustine.
The least happened in St. Augustine.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Over the past 115 days, since October 1, we have had just 10 rainy days (my definition of a rainy day is a day with more than one-quarter inch).  Our soggy Friday brought just over 1 inch of rain to most areas around the First Coast.

The last big one was right before Christmas when a similar, but much more powerful low pressure moved just north of Jacksonville.  That storm brought nearly 3 inches of rain to Jacksonville -- that's more than double Friday's rains.

Forecast was for under 2" and we had under 2"!
Forecast was for under 2" and we had under 2"!

Actually, when we look back over that 3½ moths, it's very interesting.

  • 95 days had very little or no rain at all.
  • We had a streak of 32 days with no more than a trace of rain.
  • We had another streak of 22 days with no more than a trace of rain.
  • We also had a trace of snow!

From here, it appears we will be back on a dry streak.  In fact, not only will we stay dry but chilly, too, with lows dropping to 40 or into the upper 30s for the next five nights.

Longer range forecast models suggest the next big chance for a "rainy" day will be around on February 3 and 8 -- yep, about two weeks from now.


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