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Home 9 yr average January thru Febuary 2011-2019 rainfall for Jackson and surrounding counties.
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January through Febuary rainfall 2011-2019
Ideal Candidate Radar The 9 year average January thru February 2019 rainfall for Jackson County and the surrounding area was normal as a result of slightly above February rainfall with most locations receiving 4+". Heavy rainfall amounts in the winter of 2012-13 and 2013-15 keep most reporting stations above normal for the 60 day period over the nine (9) year period. Boniafy in Holmes County only slightly removed from the center of the rain shadow received only 7.25 " and is considered in drought. Without reports from the Prosperity station, the maximum depth of the rain shadow can not be determined but is estimated to be below 6" for the 60 day period in the immmediate Prosperity area . Data sources can be seen here.CoCoRAHS, NW Florida Water Conservation District, and at Florida Department of Forestry.
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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. Additionally, important CoCoRaHS stations near Dothan, and northern Holmes county have stopped reporting. Most of these reporters may have quit because their reports were frequently questioned with regard to accuracy. This was certainly the case with the two forestry stations. Officials must have wondered and questioned how two stations so close together could report such disparity in rainfall amounts. Other area stations continue to document the long term rainfall disparity between upwind and downwind counties. February's high rainfall of 2013-2016 has obscured the rainshadow line. Abundant Feburuary rainfall of 2013-2016 keeps the average up bringing the 9Year average to normal or significantly above in some cases. The average for Wausau, at the eastern edge of the Rainshadow, remains low, receiving only 7.3 inches during 60 day period of the 9 year record. The rainshadow line will re-emerge with stronger definition on the map later during the drier summer and fall months.
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