July at No. 7 in Top 10 wettest months

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

If you are feeling a little damp lately and wishing the afternoon thunderstorms would go away, well, you have good reason. 

That's because the 16.72 inches of rain measured in July by the National Weather Service's Chiefland rain gauge ranks it No. 7 in the list of the Top 10 wettest months.  We have not had such a wet month since August 1985 when 16.59 inches fell in Chiefland. 

But it is well short of the No. 1 month for rain, which was September 2004, when a memorable hurricane and tropical storm season dumped 21.39 inches in the area. 

July started off pretty wet as June was soaked by almost 7 inches of rain. 

The month started off on a record pace when on July 1, Chiefland's rain gauge at Usher Tower collected 3.92 inches, followed by 2.20 on July 2. Those are the highest measured totals for those dates according to climate data at the National Weather Service site. Another record was set for July 5 with 2.10 inches.

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