Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1052 AM EDT FRI SEP 4 2015

...IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXCEPT OVER THE EVERGLADES...

SYNOPSIS...
THE REMNANTS OF ERIKA THAT MOVED THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA IN LATE
AUGUST PRODUCED 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER MOST OF THE AREA. THE ONLY
EXCEPTION WAS OVER THE EVERGLADES OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE ONLY 1 TO
2 INCHES FELL.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL AT SEVERAL
SITES ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA FOR FROM MAY 1, 2015 TO SEPTEMBER 3,
2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                            MAY 1 - SEPT 3     MAY 1 - SEPT 3

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :  18.70      :     -8.96
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :  22.43      :     -6.81
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :  12.04      :    -17.38
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :  22.11      :     -9.59

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :  26.14      :     -1.63
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  35.36      :     +3.61
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  34.48      :     +4.58
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  20.97      :     -5.35
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :  27.87      :     -6.37
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  19.57      :    -11.40
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  21.15      :    -11.34
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  14.40      :    -10.58
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  20.86      :    -11.09
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.04      :    -15.19
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  11.30      :    -20.80
FT. LAUD EXECUTIVE (BROWARD)  :  16.03      :    -11.28
HAILEAH (MIAMI-DADE)          :  20.15      :    -16.11

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             MAY 1,2014 - SEPT 3,2015
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    35% (DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          41% (DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
PERRINE                                54% (6RD DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
HAILEAH                                56% (5TH DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
MIAMI BEACH                            58% (7TH DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE              59% (4ND DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
OPA LOCKA                              63% (DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        65% (DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
HOMESTEAD                              65% (3RD DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               68% (10TH DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    70% (15TH DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               78%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       80%
OASIS                                  81% (8TH DRIEST WET SEASON SO FAR)
IMMOKALEE                              94%
ORTONA LOCK                           111%
LA BELLE                              115%


THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE HELPED TO IMPROVE THE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS OVER MOST OF THE EAST COAST METRO AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA. METRO BROWARD AND METRO MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES HAVE IMPROVED
TO A MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITION (D1) WITH INTERIOR AREAS OF
BROWARD COUNTY IMPROVING TO A SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITION (D2).
NORTHERN METRO PALM BEACH COUNTY HAS ALSO IMPROVED TO ABNORMALLY
DRY CONDITIONS (D0) WITH REST OF METRO PALM BEACH COUNTY
REMAINING IN A MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITION (D1). THE INTERIOR AREAS
OF BROWARD COUNTY HAVE ALSO IMPROVED TO A SEVERE DROUGHT
CONDITION (D2). HOWEVER...THE EVERGLADES OF SOUTH FLORIDA STILL
REMAIN IN A EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITION (D3).

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

WELLS OVER PALM BEACH COUNTY AS WELL AS METRO AREAS OF BROWARD
AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES ARE IN A MIXED BAG WITH SOME WELLS IN THE
LOWEST 10 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE WHILE OTHER WELLS ARE IN THE NORMAL
RANGE. THE WELLS OVER INLAND MIAMI-DADE AND INLAND BROWARD
COUNTIES WERE STILL IN THE LOWEST 10 PERCENT RANGE. THE WELLS
OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA ARE RUNNING NEAR NORMAL
LEVELS.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
16.2 FEET WHICH WAS 0.8 FEET BELOW NORMAL. IN BROWARD
COUNTY...THE RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 12.4 FEET WHICH WAS NEAR
NORMAL. IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS
WERE AROUND 9.2 FEET...WHICH IS 0.4 FEET BELOW NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 13.2 FEET AS OF SEPTEMBER
4TH...WHICH WAS ABOUT 1.1 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 14.3 FEET.
THE LEVEL OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 7.1 FEET AS OF SEPTEMBER 4TH...WHICH
WAS AROUND 2.2 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 4.9 FEET FOR THIS
TIME OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF SEPTEMBER 4...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS
LESS THAN 300 OVER GLADES...HENDRY...PALM BEACH...AND MAINLAND
MONROE COUNTIES. BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES WHERE IN THE 300
TO 400 RANGE. THIS PUTS MOST OF SOUTH FLORIDA IN A LOW RISK OF
WILDFIRES...EXCEPT FOR THE EVERGLADES OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE THERE
IS A MODERATE RISK OF WILDFIRES.

RESPONSE/ACTIONS...

THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAS CONTINUED THE
YEARLY WATER RESTRICTION FOR ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA. FOR MORE
INFORMATION ON THE WATER SHORTAGE CONDITIONS ...PLEASE VISIT THE
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT WEB SITE AT WWW.SFWMD.GOV/WATERWATCH.

OUTLOOK...

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA WILL MOVE SOUTHWARD
THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. THIS WILL BRING IN
DEEPER TROPICAL MOISTURE TO THE AREA ALONG WITH SCATTERED TO
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER`S PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT 8
TO 14 DAYS CALLS FOR AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL
ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA. THE LONG TERM OUTLOOK FOR LATE SEPTEMBER THROUGH
NOVEMBER IS ALSO CALLING FOR AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE OR BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA.

THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE AROUND THE END OF SEPTEMBER OR EARLY
OCTOBER...UNLESS CONDITIONS CHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME. STAY TUNED TO
NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND
UPDATES.

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BAXTER



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