Published: Dec 03, 2012 11:55 PM EST

West Palm Beach, FL — The first month of South Florida’s dry season edged out the long-standing record rainfall low for November, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported today.

The District-wide rainfall average of 0.29 inches in November was just 0.01 below the previous record low of 0.30 inches in both 1940 and 1944, based on District records since 1932. All 16 counties in the District were more than 1.5 inches below average for November, which is typically one of the driest months in South Florida.

“With the benefit of above-average wet season rainfall, regional groundwater and surface water levels fortunately were in a position to ‘weather’ a record dry month,” said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “It is too early to assess the impact this record dry period will have on conditions and water levels.”

Eastern Palm Beach County had the largest rainfall deficit in the District, with 0.69 inches of rain, representing a deficit of 3.46 inches, or 17 percent of average. The Upper Kissimmee Basin and Martin, St. Lucie and eastern Miami-Dade counties all recorded rainfall deficits of more than 2 inches for the month. The East Caloosahatchee Basin also recorded more than a 2-inch rainfall deficit while the Southwest Coast recorded a 1.88-inch deficit.

Lake Okeechobee stood at 15.10 feet NGVD today, which is 0.30 feet above the historic average for this time of year.