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Rains welcome prelude to official rainy season

By Staff | May 17, 2018

Despite the awfully wet conditions in Cape Coral and Southwest Florida, rainy season has not officially started yet, according to some weather officials.

Emergency Response Meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service in Ruskin says although showers have been more frequent, they’re not seeing the patterns they look for quite just yet.

“It’s raining for another reason,” said Davis when asked if rainy season has officially begun.

“Conditions have been different: we look for the steady afternoon rain patterns on a daily basis to signify rain season and we’ve been seeing a lot of morning rain and overnight rain,” he added.

This is not a bad thing, of course.

Last May we saw 2.74 inches of rain for the month of May, this year, we have already had 4.05 of rain in the month.

These recent showers have gifted the Cape 1-3 inches of rain, and in isolated areas, 5-6 inches.

According to Davis, this past winter was quite dry compared to years past, as D1 or D2 drought conditions have been seen across Southwest Florida.

“The numbers were well below the normal rain fall, it was much dryer than average winter months,” he said.

Although the burn-ban has been lifted in the Cape, the rain we’re getting now does not mean were in full-fledged rainy season, but it’s right around the corner.

“Rain season typically begins early-to-mid June,” Davis says.

Davis says they’re seeing dry air still, which is another indication that the rain season has not yet arrived.

“We typically see heavy air and lots of moisture, and that’s not the case with this most recent string of rain.”

While this rain is certainly beneficial to drought conditions in the Cape, officials say not to jump the gun and say we’re out of the woods just yet.

Andrea Schuch, Cape Coral Fire Department spokesperson says even in the rainy season, fires due to dry conditions are still a real possibility.

“Wildfire season is traditionally January through June. However, in Florida we tend to recognize wildfire season as being year-round. Even when it is rainy season, we have such unpredictable weather, brush fires can really happen anytime,” she said.

She also urges the public to keep an eye out for signs of fire no matter what the weather conditions.

“As rainy season approaches, some of the challenges we face are indeed lightning and also downed power lines. We want to make sure if anyone sees any fires or downed lines to report it immediately.”