Trivia Tuesday: Singing in the Rain

Dark storm cloud over an ocean sunrise

2020 was an exceptionally rainy year here in Palm Beach, seeing 72.59” as measured at PBIA. And there is a special reason to be singing about that rainfall. But it wasn’t the wettest on record. Can you guess which year holds the record?

  1. 2000
  2. 1947
  3. 1962
  4. 1991

If you chose 1947, you chose right! That year the skies opened up for a record 108.63” - enough to overfill the deep end of the pool, while the average annual rainfall for the airport is 62.3”.

The reason many are singing about that extra 10” of rain last year? It’s all about the sea turtles! A little wetter is apparently better for both the nesting females as they dig nests and the percent of turtle eggs that remain viable for hatching. A little more rain means more baby turtle natchlings!

We’ve always loved the rain - now we can look at it in a completely new way!


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