Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

What Is It about the Weather in St. Johns County?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

What Is It about the Weather in St. Johns County?

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Byline: Beverly Fleming

Watching the weather forecast on our local Jacksonville stations this past week may have left you feeling a bit confused. It seems like there was a magic line drawn somewhere south of the city. Depending on where you live in proximity to that line meant the difference in whether you would experience the kind of weather they were predicting.

As we watched the morning news and weather forecasts during the first part of the week, we should have been looking for miserable conditions. Yet, at home and at work it was just beautiful, almost perfect weather. The sun was shining, it was in the mid-70s most of the day and there were so many colors of green about that an artist would have had a hard time reproducing them all. That magic line was evidently the edge of a front and made all the difference in the world.

Although some of us got some scattered showers, we are still considerably short on rainfall. According to National Weather Service data supplied by Steve Smith of WTLV-12 First Coast News, we ended 2007 with a 6- to 7-inch deficit from the average rainfall based on the NWS 30-year model. What is worse, we ended 2006 with a 14- to 15-inch deficit. So, though we are about a half-inch ahead of the average rainfall for the first quarter of this year, we are still considerably dry and the water table is very low.

The weather service is also predicting that the short-term outlook indicates drought development is likely in the central part of Florida and the drought conditions in the southwestern part of the state will likely persist or intensify. This certainly means more pressure on the water sources that are still available.

What does this mean for the average person living in St. Johns County? Well, if you are trying to grow a garden it means you certainly want to get it done quickly and not try to garden in the summer, as some who have moved here recently may try. It also means you may want to consider using more drought tolerant plants in your landscape and not try for that golf course green or English garden look. …

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