Record-breaking rainfall creating problems in state

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TALLAHASSEE — Record-breaking amounts of rainfall this summer are leading to serious issues for Florida, according to Florida State University researcher and State Climatologist David F. Zierden and his colleagues at the Florida Climate Center.

“The rain this summer has been frequent, widespread and heavy at times,” Zierden said. “From South Florida to the Panhandle and Southeast Alabama, and even the western and central parts of the Carolinas, the last three months rank among the wettest ever with many areas setting records. Even in the parts that have received a little less rainfall, saturated soils and standing water are a huge problem.”

Some of the biggest issues arising from the record-setting rainfall are the negative impacts on North Florida’s agricultural communities, according to William Birdsong, an extension specialist and agronomist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System who works with the Florida Climate Center. 

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