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June not wettest month on record

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But drought has been broken

By The Staff

Well, it may have felt like the wettest June on record, but for Chiefland, the record stands for June 2003 when 15.06 inches of rain fell from a storm that did not reach tropical storm status, according to the National Weather Service. 

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In contrast, the Chiefland rain gauge for the NWS only measured 9.34 inches in June, not even enough to reach into the city's Top 10 rainfalls. But that was a better rainfall than the 7.72 inches the area averages for June, based on records kept since 1956. 

“After a somewhat dry start for the first five months of the year with moderate to severe drought across much of the region, June 2013 saw well above normal rainfall in many areas thanks in large part to Tropical Storm Andrea. These heavy rainfall amounts brought the drought conditions to an end across the region with a few locations ending up in the Top 10 wettest for the month of June,” according to the NWS rainfall report for West Central Florida. 

For those interested in such things, here are the Top 10 years for June rainfall:

1. 15.06 in 2003

2. 14.12 in 2012

3. 13.11 in 1974

4. 12.90 in 1965

5. 11.98 in 2002

6. 11.84 in 2009

7. 11.64 in 1983

8.11.35 in 1995

9.9.98 in 1989

10.9.96 in 1982

 

Here are the wettest months for Chiefland:

1 21.39 in September 2004

2 20.80 in July 2001

3 20.44 in August 1971

4 20.12in September 1988

5 19.40 in July 1964

6 17.10 in August 1986

7 16.59 in August 1985

8 16.11 in July 1978

9 16.04 in September 1964

10 15.20 in February