July was another typical summer month with wide variation in rainfall totals across the Panhandle. The graphic above shows the National Weather Service’s estimates for rainfall totals for July 2014. Portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa,and Walton Counties received over 10″ for the month, while portions of Jackson, Gadsden, and Leon Counties had less than 2″ of rain. Several counties in South Georgia had less than 2″ of rain in July as well.
This variation of rainfall was also documented by the six Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) stations across the Panhandle. The average rainfall for all stations was 6.6″ for July 2014. DeFuniak Springs was the wettest location, with 9.7″ in July, while only 3.9″ fell at the Carrabelle station. For the first seven months, DeFuniak Springs has received 59.1″, as compared to Monticello, where only 38.1″ have been recorded. The average across all six stations was 46.4″ from January through July in 2014. It has been quite some time since drought was an issue in the Panhandle, but as can bee seen in the graphic below, there are several counties suffering from drought conditions through July and into early August.Temperatures, while not extreme were still quite hot in July, with a high of 96 degrees recorded at the Marianna weather station. Average air and soil temperatures averaged 79 degrees at this location, which were very similar to the previous month. For a complete daily rainfall and temperature summary from the Marianna FAWN Station download: 2014 Jan-July Weather Summary.