New Tampa, FL - The Bay area is among the only regions in the state avoiding drought conditions right now.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 90 percent of the state is facing abnormally dry weather. A year ago, that number was at five percent. 10 News meteorologist Sherry Ray Hughes says Tampa Bay is actually seeing higher than normal amounts of rainfall so far this year.
"From January until now, we have gotten 30 inches of rain," she says. "Normally, at this time of the year, we would have only gotten a little more than 20 inches."
Those additional inches are leading to additional business for some local companies, such as Lawn Enforcement in New Tampa.
"If it continues to rain like it has been, it just exacerbates the problem. There's nowhere for all this water to go," says Lawn Enforcement president Justin Birmingham.