Buresh Blog: Ready, set, wet!... JEA watering restrictions... June averages

Jacksonville, FL — The “Buresh Blog” will take the first week of June off but will be updated again the week of June 8th. BUTTalking the Tropics With Mike” never rests. With the beginning of the hurricane season June 1st, “Talking the Tropics” will be updated every day through Nov. 30th (the end of the Atlantic hurricane season).

Almost like a flip of the switch, our wet season seems to be underway. June/July/Aug. & September are considered the area’s wet season averaging nearly 28″ (more than half the annual 52-53″) of rain. The “switch” usually occurs from anywhere from mid May to mid June (see the image below going back to 2009). Our deficit was becoming significant near & south of I-10 but most areas had a decent soaking Mon. & especially Tue. with more on the way.

Our so-called wet season is a product of:

(1) the daily intrusion of the sea breeze(s) which trigger (usually) afternoon & sometimes early evening showers & storms (high humidity just about every day, & the sea breeze acts like a front... lifting the air & causing showers/storms)

(2) influence of any tropical systems

JEA reminds folks about watering restrictions:

With the arrival of summer temperatures and a drier weather pattern across Northeast Florida, JEA has observed a higher-than-usual customer demand for water in your area. Often this water is used for home irrigation and landscaping.

JEA has worked hard to increase our grid capacity in areas of high demand. Even though we're better prepared to meet this growing demand, it's still important to conserve water during times of low rainfall. When you cut back on when and how much water you use, this allows JEA to replenish its reservoirs to meet peak demand periods and support fire protection.

If you use water for irrigation, JEA encourages you to irrigate responsibly by taking the following steps:

  • Know and follow mandated watering days established for your area.
  • Change the setting on your irrigation timer to water only between midnight and 4 a.m. This helps avoid evaporation and runoff, which can waste up to 50 percent of water used for irrigation. Avoid late-morning or late-afternoon waterings.
  • Water no more than twice per week during your assigned days and less if you are able, as overwatering can contribute to the growth of certain types of weeds.
  • Even reclaimed water, which is not subject to water restrictions, can be subject to low pressures, so it's important to conserve no matter where your water comes from.

JEA also offers practical tips at jea.com on to save water inside your home. For example, simple fixes such as repairing leaks and using efficient shower heads can significantly reduce the water your household consumes. This is even more important for households that have increased consumption from sheltering at home due to COVID-19.

Let’s work together to preserve our most precious natural resource.

More Water Conservation Tips at jea.com

And June is upon us. The averages at JIA:

Low / High - 1st: 67 / 88; 30th: 72 / 91 degrees

Rainfall: 6.45″

Sunrise / Sunset: 1st - 6:25am / 8:24pm... 30th - 6:28am / 8:32pm - gain 5 min. of daylight