May was a month with a tremendous variation in rainfall across the Florida Panhandle. The graphic above shows the National Weather Service’s rainfall estimates for May 2014. Northeastern Santa Rosa County had more than 10″ of rain in May, but in portions of Bay and Franklin Counties, less than an inch fell.
An average of 35″ of rain fell across the Panhandle through the first five months of 2014. For the first five months of the year, the wettest location was DeFuniak Springs with a little less than 44″, but Jay had almost as much rain with 43″. The driest location was Carrabelle with just under 29″ of rain. All six FAWN stations have recoded above average rainfall for the first five months of the year, but the Jay area has received 16″ above average, and Quincy over 12″ above normal rainfall for the year. For the month of May, the Jay weather station recorded over 10″ of rain, while the Carrabelle station had just over 2″.
Certainly temperatures have been heating up over the last month. The Marianna FAWN station recoded a high of 94 degrees on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (May 25). Soil temperatures rose to average 72 for the month, up 10 degrees from April. For a complete summary of daily temperatures and rainfall data collected at the Marianna FAWN station, download: Jan-May 2014 Jackson Co. Weather Summary.