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Home January thru September 10 year average 2011/20 rainfall for Jackson and surrounding counties.
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January through September rainfall 10 year average 2011/20
Ideal Candidate Radar January thru September rainfall for Jackson County and the surrounding area has returned to near normal as the summer monsoon ends in September. Most areas received average rainfall so far for 2020 bringing the 10 year average near normal. The September 2020 monthly values are below normal. September is one of the drier periods for the area. The radar rainshadow area remains in a drought status, including Euchee valley, Ponce De Leon, Graceville and many areas of Holmes County. The rain gage readings ranged from 63" at Argyle in Walton County and a low of 40.5" at Bonifay in Holmes County. The abundant rainfall at Fort Walton Beach, Eglin AFB, and Niceville Valpariso 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 reporting stations. These reporting Florida Forestry stations use exactly the same measuring instruments and techniques but are only separated by 22 miles. By mid-month summer monsoon storms are comleted and the storms of fall have begun to re-define the rain shadow line. The re-occurring regional drought conditions are seen as the result of the reoccurring domes of high pressure which now dominate the region. A quick glance at the globe shows Jackson County in the area near 30 degrees 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.
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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. Prosperity still reports occasionally. Other area stations continue to document the long term rainfall disparity between upwind and downwind counties. The documentation attempts to show that microwave energy can impact local weather. While the Radar Rainshadow is a negative for downwind counties, the impact can be readily mitigated.
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