May 2017 precipitation figures were generally well below normal across the county mainly due the continued drought across the region. Normal Precipitation for our region in May is 3.13” and normal year to date (YTD) rainfall is 15.07” However looking at unofficial records at the EOC, the average May rain for Bunnell since the year 1995 has been 3.62”.
Rainfall reports for May 2016:
Bunnell, Flagler EOC: 1.93” YTD: 11.83”
Palm Coast: 1.89” YTD: 10.47”
NE Palm Coast: 1.19” YTD: 8.47”
Marineland 0.77” YTD: 8.20”
Flagler Beach: 1.43” YTD: 8.46”
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is indicating that the region remains in “moderate drought. The three month forecast is for equal chances of above or below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures. Drought removal is predicted by August.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reporting station in Daytona Beach maintains the official records for the region and is utilized in reference and reporting for the Flagler County area.
Other Notable Weather:
5/5/2017 – A brief funnel cloud was observed west of Bings Landing associated with a severe thunderstorm.
5/30/2017 – A severe thunderstorm produced hail up to 1” in diameter across a small portion of western Flagler County notably near Daytona North / St. Johns Park.
The Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclone Season started today. (June 1) The Tropical Prediction Center is forecasting a slightly above normal hurricane season. It should be noted that it only takes one storm and hurricane preparedness should be practiced no matter what is forecast.
Flagler County recognizes the reporting efforts of the community volunteer storm spotters and whose contributions assist in the collection of area rainfall data.