Published: Aug 29, 2013 12:05 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - As is typical during the summer thunderstorm season across southwest Florida, rainfall amounts since June 1 have
been highly variable, ranging from as little as 19 to over 45 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. This is mainly due to the variability of thunderstorms and how one location can receive a couple of inches of rain from a storm while another just a short distance away will miss the storm and receive none.

While it may be a nuisance, about half of our yearly rainfall falls during the three months of June, July and August. If you include September,
it increases to between 55 to 67 percent of the yearly total.

Thus far, the rainy season has been fairly close to average for area airports. Since June 1, the Punta Gorda/Charlotte County Airport has received just over 28 inches of rainfall, 12 percent above the average of 25 inches. Fort Myers Page Field has received just over 28.5 inches of rainfall, less than one inch from the average of 29.3 inches. Southwest Florida International has received just over 30 inches, 14 percent above the average rainfall.