Big Cypress National Preserve sees wettest May on record

The past month was the rainiest May ever recorded in the history of Big Cypress National Preserve, according to hydrologist Robert (Bob) Sobczak, who works for the National Park Service there and writes a blog at

His journal, he writes, “illustrates and celebrates the continuously changing and always interesting wetlands, waterways and watersheds of South Florida.”

Bob’s blog reported Friday, June 1, that while the long-term average for rainfall during May in the sprawling Southwest Florida preserve (which covers a large part of Collier County) is 4 inches, this year there was a record 9.5 inches of rain during May, breaking the 2009 record on the last day of the month with another record rainfall.

“And now it’s June,” Mr. Sobczak wrote, noting that “over the long term, it’s our rainiest month.”

This record comes on the heels of the just-concluded dry season, which was the second-driest dry season “drought of record” with just 5 inches of precipitation, and last rainy season’s new “flood of record” with 70 inches of rain in 2017.

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