St. Marks Lightouse
Wakulla Weather is Pleasant All Year
A gleaming landmark of Wakulla County history, a smiling light for ships at sea, beckons visitors- the 121 year old sunbaked St. Marks lightouse.
Reached over a new paved road from Newport, it's an easy target for tourists, one you won't want to miss while in Wakulla County.
The road winds through a paradise of nature, among some of the 70,000 acrs of the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, known to naturalists the world over for its beauty and as a haven for the creatures of the out-of-doors. There's a wayside park, too, for picnickers.
You might catch glimpses of alligators sunning themselves or slithering through sloughs and streams near the road. Birds fo many kinds are present in abundanc, among them American bald eagles, marsh hens, storks, cranes, and countless thousands of geese and ducks in winter months. Animals which reside here include otter, mink, wildcat, bear, deer, foxes, and panther.
Don't be surprised when you see such creatures, but don't worry. As one tourist has observed, the wildlife "seem to know they're in a sanctuary, and pay little attention to human visitors unless actually disturbed."
WAKULLA WEATHER IS PLEASANT ALL YEAR
You can talk about the weather in Wakulla County and not have to worry about doing anything about it. Because, for outdoor life, it is mighty pleasant on a year round basis.
It's neither too hot, nor too cold, nor too dry, nor too wet. The waters of the Gulf moderate Wakulla County's climate, as breezes cool the air of summer and provide warmth in winter which helps it escape with only slight cold.
Average annual temperature is 68.4 degrees; the average high, 81.4 degrees in July; average low, 54.2 degrees in January; rainfall, 54.03 inches, with slightly more in June, July, August and Septemebr than other months.
For agriculture, the weather is conducive to such crops as peanuts, sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane, and velvet beans. Livestock thrive on pastures lush with grasses such as Pensacola, common, and Argentine bahia, and legumes, such as crimson clover, white Dutch clover, lespedeza.
Poultry raising is on the increase with room for more development, but Wakulla County's major growth in agriculture has been in cattle farming the past few years. There are over 7,000 acres of improved pasture, and thousands more that are unimproved, out of a total of 37,501 acres devoted to agriculture.
State Library Of Florida: Ephemera Collection, Wakulla
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