Forecasters made it official on Tuesday, pronouncing that South FloridaÂ’s wet season has officially begun Â— a week ago.
The National Weather Service said the recent string of dark skies and wet roads point to a May 8 start of South FloridaÂ’s annual rainy season, almost two weeks earlier than average.
South FloridaÂ’s wet season, which usually begins around May 20 and runs until mid-October, typically produces about 70 percent of the regional rainfall. Those five months help keep the Everglades healthy and water supplies recharged or Â— if the rains donÂ’t show Â— produce droughts that kill crops and lawns.
Much of the region needs the rain after a winter and fall that were dryer than normal.
– CURTIS MORGAN