Gainesville had a rainfall deficit of over four inches since the rainy season ended in early October, but nearly all of that was erased in one day. Actually, in just a few hours! Buckets of rain seemed to fall Monday afternoon, as a week’s worth of building humidity and fog was rung out like a sponge in just a few hours.
The rain began shortly before 3pm, and it came down heavily in spurts through the evening commute. By 6pm, the WRUF Studio Skycam gauge had already recorded nearly three inches of rain. A few more showers after that brought the total to a whopping 3.12″. The Gainesville airport recorded even more, breaking the old daily record for December 11 set in 1967 by more than an inch! The totals reported to us (so far) are listed below:
- Gainesville Regional: 3.56″ (old record was 2.28″ in 1967)
- Keystone Heights: 4.86″
- Newberry: 2.50″ (estimated)
- Micanopy: 1.38″
- Ocala: 0.12″
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