|DRY SEASON - DRYER THAN NORMAL|
Our area is only halfway through the dry season, with a drier than normal season forecast according to an article in the Naples Daily News on February 24, 2009.
Water levels in the aquifers are dropping and some wildfires have already been reported.
South Florida Water Management District records indicate that the southwest Gulf coast, which includes most of the coastal areas of Lee and Collier counties, received 0.46 inches of rain in November which is 21 percent of the area's average for November.
December saw 1.04 inches of rain fall, or 57 percent of the area's average. In January, 0.21 inches of rain fell on the area, or 9 percent of the average.
Last year was also dry going into the summer months. The saving grace for the area was Tropical Storm Fay, which went through in August 2008 and brought several inches of rain. Since then the aquifer levels have steadily dropped.
Randy Smith, a spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District said "Conservation, conservation is the key". He also said the smattering of rain last week did nothing more than "knock the dust off things".
RAINFALL AVERAGE FOR
MONTH (In inches) MONTH (in inches)
November 2008 .46 2.17
December 2008 1.04 1.84
January 2009 .21 2.43
February (thru 2/23) .37 1.79