AquariusRadar Radar Rain Shadow
January thru April 2011-17 seven year average rainfall for Jackson and surrounding counties.
Hydrology Concept
Snowpack Enhancement January through April rainfall 2011-17
Ideal Candidate Radar January thru April seven year average rainfall for Jackson County and the surrounding area was normal with most locations receiving 18-20" +/-. All counties except Holmes County and Gulf County received normal rainfall for the 120 day period and most are ready for spring planting early in the month. Heavy rain in March has improved soil moisture. The extremes range from a high of 25" NW of Eglin AFB in Okaloosa and a low of 15.8" in Bonifay, Holmes County. A wetter than normal winter 2016-17, yet the Radar Rain Shadow that hovers over Chipley and Bonifay is clearly evident. Data sources can be seen here.CoCoRAHS, NW Florida Water Conservation District, and at Florida Department of Forestry.
Hail Suppression Learn more about downwind rainfall patterns of powerful radars by veiwng the RadarRainShadow pages at the left.
Radar Rain Shadow Jackson Still and Prosperity, two important Department of Forestry rainfall reporting locations, have been closed due to state budget cuts. This is unfortunate as these two reporting stations previously demonstrated the extremes of the Radar Rain Shadow effect. Prosperity still reports occasionally. Other area stations continue to document the long term rainfall disparity between upwind and downwind counties. The Pine Log plume that creates wetter conditions for Econfina and Vicksburg continued active during the 120 day period. Very much like the Niceville plume, it is the variable "just right" zone of positive water transit from the Gulf onto the land. Gulf county and areas further east have turned drier. Closer to the radar rain shadow line, Argyle ( wet side ) received 25+ inches while nearby Bonifay ( dry side ) received but 15.5 inches. The microwave energy of the powerful DoD radar inhibits rain storms of the rain shadow area and neighboring storms take up the available moisture resulting in above average rainfall in these areas. Transferring rainfall like this is critically important for future water resources.
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