Four still to go (i.e. the long-term annual average is five).
|This bar chart shows south Florida's|
annual number of Big Rain Days from 1992 to present
What is a Big Rain Day exactly?
It's any day in which all of south Florida averaged an inch or greater of rain. That may not sound like a lot at first glance, but to have an inch spread across the entire south peninsula means that everywhere got significantly wet, or a portion got very very wet. Or in technical terms, that's a lot of rain.
As you can see from the calendar chart above, Big Rain Days fall during all times of year. They are most common in June and September, but also occur during the winter, too. In fact, it is the regional winter rain events that help keep deep spring drought at bay. One winter Big Rain Day can balance a good twenty or thirty consecutive days of pure sun. Case in point was our first Big Rain Day of 2014:
Just one day of rain rewound the dry season clock back to December levels.