(Photo: National Weather Service Tallahassee)
This December is Tallahassee’s rainiest on record — and there’s more to come, forecasts say.
Since the beginning of the month, National Weather Service Tallahassee measured 13.92 inches of rain. The previous record was set at 12.78 inches in December 1907.
That’s also much higher than the city’s average December rainfall level of 3 inches.
What’s making the Big Bend head into such a wet season?
A weather pattern called El Niño brings the area a wetter and cooler winter, explained meteorologist Jessica Fieux.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the pattern occurs irregularly, but usually in three- to six-year intervals.
It’s associated with warmer water temperatures off the coasts of South America, but brings a wetter and cooler climate to this area.
"We’ve been in an active pattern, and the forecast suggesting El Niño conditions for this winter suggests that we will continue in an active weather pattern through the winter," Fieux said.
So the showers aren’t quite over.
Forecasts show the capital city can expect to wrap up 2018 with more rain and isolated thunderstorms starting Thursday through New Year’s Day, with highs in the low 70s.
A cold front pushing across the central and eastern parts of the country will stall over the area, said Fieux, increasing chances of rain late this week, peaking Friday, through early next week.
But — "it won’t be constant rain," Fieux reassured. Up to an inch and a half of rain is possible in the area. Higher chances of rainfall are expected west of Tallahassee in the Panhandle.
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