|Ideal Candidate Radar
||January thru November rainfall for Jackson County and the surrounding area shows normal rainfall for most areas except those areas in the radar rain shadow. With above normal rainfall in October and November, the entire region continues near normal for the 11 month period. The large space surveillance radar sits atop the Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton county. The 8- year average for the 11 month period shows that the areas immediately downwind that lie in the radar rain shadow are in continuous drought. Ponce De Leon, Euchee Valley, Bonifay, Graceville and much of Holmes County remain in drought despite the enormous rains of the summer. The rain gage readings ranged from a high of 71" at Argyle in Walton County and a low of 48" in Bonifay, Holmes county. The abundant rainfall of the Fort Walton Beach, Eglin AFB, Valpariso, and Arygle plume and the Point Washington, Pine Log, and Econfina Creek plume was the impact of the positive mode of AquariusRadar as explained on the Radar Rainshadow page. The striking ability of microwave heating to transport moisture is illustrated by the 24" difference between Argyle and Bonifay. These two reporting stations are only 20 miles apart. While the area now benefits from a 2015/16 El Nino influence, the regional reoccurring drought conditions are the result of the domes of high pressure which now dominate the region. A quick glance at the globe shows Jackson County in the area near 30º north latitude, the "horse latitudes, and the same latitude as most major desert regions. Historically, the Southeast US maintained a strong agriculture base with abundant rainfall because Gulf moisture collided with the unstable air of Temperate cyclones that were forced in a Southern arc by strong Polar high pressure systems. Global warming has weakened the Polar highs and strengthened "horse latitude" highs, forcing cyclones on a distant Northern track. Ambitious politicians who fight every attempt to restrain global warming have doomed Southern agriculture to a hardscrabble and unprofitable future. Members of the Texas and Southeastern state governments must build irrigation systems much like those of the desert Southwest built decades ago by the Federal government. Data sources can be seen here.CoCoRAHS, NW Florida Water Conservation District, and at Florida Department of Forestry.