Parts of Central Florida creeping back into ‘dry’ status

Most of Central Florida drying out after wet start to April

Sun Halo seen from South Florida. (WPLG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – After the first few days of April, parts of Central Florida were already on pace for the wettest April on record. Shortly after the abnormally and in some cases record-breaking wet start, the spigot shut off.

To date, Melbourne has picked up 5.81 inches of rain. That’s good enough for the fourth-wettest April on record. The catch, though, is that 5.68 inches of that fell in the first two days of the month.

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Month to date rainfall

The abnormally dry category as designated by the United States Department of Agriculture has crept back into southern Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties. A severe drought continues for southwest Florida.

Drought monitor 4/21

Inland areas in Central Florida have seen more rain of late after the wet start. Both Orlando and Sanford sit in the top-12 wettest Aprils on record.

Leesburg and Daytona Beach have largely missed out on the above-average rainfall. April as whole is one of the driest months in Central Florida. Florida starts to transition into the wet season in late May, as the daily sea breeze-generated thunderstorms get underway.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.