Double check your flotation devices and hunker down, this is shaping up to be a very wet summer.
Rainfall for July is now over four inches above average for Franklin County.
On July 22, with another week to go, monthly rainfall recorded at the Apalachicola Regional Airport surpassed eleven inches. The average monthly rainfall for July is 7.3 inches. The record high is 19 inches.
Recorded rainfall exceeded an inch on July 3, 4, 19 and 22.
Andy Lahr a volunteer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Tallahassee said the wettest day, to date was Monday with July 22 with over three inches, which set a new record for that date. The previous record for July 22 was two and a half inches set in 1963.
In a normal year, some there is some rainfall on 15 days during the month of July here. At the time of this printing, the county had experienced 17 rain days in July.
It has been overcast for 12 out of 22 days and the weather has been cooler than normal with an average temperature of 80 degrees compared to a normal average of 82 degrees. The record high for July is 103 set in 1995 and the record low is 67 degrees set in 1977.
During the first week of July, the county received more than four inches of rain. The deluge began with more than a half- inch of rain on Wednesday evening, July 3. Over the next 24 hours 1.67 inches of rain fell interfering with Independence Day plans in Carrabelle and on St. George Island.
Private citizens with rain gauges anecdotally reported much higher amounts of rain in some areas of the county.
Thunder and rain put a damper on county celebrations earlier this month but merchants say July showers bring big sales.
Harry Arnold said business at the Tin Shed has been outstanding this month. Arnold said, “Rain brings people off the beach and off the island.”
Downtown Books reported they were “swamped with business,” no pun intended.
At around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, with rain pouring down, April Cain, a server at the Owl Café said, “Right now, I’m doing my very best just to find tables for everybody. It starts to rain and they come in wet and hungry.”