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#Rainesville has just raised the bar. A new all-time rainfall record for any calendar month was set at the Gainesville Regional Airport Thursday evening.

June 2017 16.84 in.
July 2013 16.65 in.
June 2012 16.34 in.

Editor’s Note: The title of this article was updated to clarify that this year’s June total is officially in the record books, but not necessarily the largest amount of rain that has fallen during a calendar month. The National Weather Service says 19.19″ was reported in September 1894, but the data was either incomplete or not credible, thus it isn’t official.

The National Weather Service confirmed the record with the UF Weather Center at 6:51 pm, stating that 0.71″ had been observed at the Gainesville Regional Airport, pushing the monthly total to 16.67″. ┬áThis surpassed the prior monthly record of 16.65″ set in 2013.

Meteorologist Andrew Kennedy says it should be noted that this statistic is for a calendar month only.

“It is not the record for any 30 day period, however. That still belongs to the 30-day period ending on September 7th, 2004 when 22.47″ of rain was observed.”

The wet period Andrew is referring to was marked by the slow passage of Hurricane Frances, heavily adding to the rainfall totals. ┬áThe prior June record in 2012 was influenced largely by Tropical Storm Debby. In contrast, this year’s numbers were not directly attributed to a tropical cyclone, but rather a persistent pattern of daily thunderstorms driven by sea breezes and high amounts of moisture.

It’s only fitting that on the same day Gainesville set the record, the U.S. Drought Mitigation Center published a report that shows all of Florida is no longer in a drought or abnormally dry.

The severe drought from the spring was completely erased in just three short weeks. Another round of afternoon thunderstorms is in the forecast for Gainesville Friday, the last day of June.

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