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Waterlogged: Recent rains maintain regional surplus

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Apr 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-22 06:26:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- In what's on average a drier part of the year for the region, rounds of heavy rain in April have produced a hefty surplus of rainfall totals for most locations in north Florida and south Georgia, and extending the trend of above-average rain activity that started last year.

Rainfall amounts have exceeded eight inches since the start of the month across the region, with some isolated portions of the central and eastern Panhandle receiving a half-foot of rain in 24 hours early last week.

Tallahassee Regional Airport has picked up 8.42" since Apr. 1.  According to National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Lamers, the airport is running more than 20 inches above overall average totals stretching back to February 2013, and more than nine inches in surplus since Jan. 1.

Abnormal dryness previously detected in interior south Georgia has been quenched by the excessive rainfall.  No hints of drought exist in the local region.

After several days of generally drier weather ahead, outside of isolated shower chances, a wetter-than-usual period is forecast for the end of the month, according to the Climate Prediction Center.