Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
310 PM EDT Thu APR 13 2017

...Severe drought conditions developed over Collier County with
severe drought conditions continuing over Hendry and Glades
Counties...

...Moderate drought conditions developed over far western Palm Beach
and all of Mainland Monroe Counties...

...Abnormally dry conditions have spread into all of the east coast
metro areas of South Florida...

SYNOPSIS... South Florida has continued to see below normal rainfall
for the last half of March and the first half of April, as high
pressure has been mostly in control of South Florida Weather. This
has allowed for the development of Severe Drought Conditions (D2)
over Collier County with Glades and Hendry Counties remaining in
Severe Drought Conditions. Moderate drought conditions (D1) have
developed over Mainland Monroe County with far western Palm Beach
County remaining in Moderate Drought conditions. The rest of South
Florida is now in Abnormally Dry Conditions (D0).

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida from OCT 1, 2016 to APR 12,
2017.


AIRPORTS RAINFALL : DEPARTURE OCT 1 - APR 12  OCT 1 - APR 12

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :  13.91      :    -11.62
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :   8.48      :     -6.74
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :  12.94      :    -10.92
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :  21.58      :     +1.73

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :   5.47      :    -10.90
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :   7.32      :     -8.86
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :   5.57      :     -8.95
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  14.81      :     -6.22
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  12.83      :     -5.28
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  20.50      :     +2.45
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  16.66      :     -2.74
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.17      :     -1.78
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  18.02      :     -4.83
FT. LAUD EXECUTIVE (BROWARD)  :  14.93      :     -7.78
HIALEAH         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  23.51      :     +0.63
PALM BEACH GARDENS(PALM BEACH):  12.70      :    -11.08
MARCO ISLAND (COLLIER)        :   6:03      :     -9.82


                                    PERCENT OF NORMAL
                                  OCT 1,2016 - APR 12,2017

ORTONA LOCK                   33% (driest dry season so far)
MARCO ISLAND                  38% (driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE                      45% (4TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 54% (4TH driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK              38% (5TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH GARDENS            53% (2ND driest dry season so far
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      54% (9TH driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      56% (16TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE     66% (6TH driest dry season so far)
OPA LOCKA                     70% (8TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD                     71% (7TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT           79% (9TH driest dry season so far)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT               86% (14TH driest dry season so far)
PERRINE                       91%
HAILEAH                      104%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL          109%
MIAMI BEACH                  114%


HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

The wells over the west coast of South Florida are running at the
lowest 10 percent of normal levels for this time of year, with
the wells around Lake Okeechobee region running at 10 to 25
percent of normal levels. The wells over the east coast metro
areas are running near normal levels, except over southern Miami-
Dade County where they are running at 10 to 25 percent of normal
levels.

The underground water reservoirs in Palm Beach County were around
15.8 feet which was 0.3 feet below normal. In Broward County, the
reservoirs where around 11.2 feet which was 0.2 feet above normal.
In Miami-Dade County, the underground water reservoirs were around
8.9 feet which was 1 foot below normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 12.1 feet as of April 13,
which was around 2 feet below the normal level of 14.1 feet for this
time of year. The level of Fisheating Creek was 0.6 feet as of April
13, which was 0.9 feet below the normal level of 1.5 feet for this
time of year.


FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

As of April 13, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) was 600 to 650
over Glades and Hendry Counties. 550 to 600 over Palm Beach,
Broward, and Mainland Monroe Counties, and 500 to 550 over Miami-
Dade County. This puts Glades and Hendry Counties in a very high
fire danger with rest of South Florida in a high fire danger.
There is also a state of emergency for the fire danger for all of
Florida from the Governor of Florida.
.

RESPONSE/ACTIONS...

The South Florida Water Management District has continued the
yearly water restriction for all of South Florida. They are also
asking all visitors and residents of South Florida to heighten
water conservation efforts. For more information on the water
shortage conditions, please visit the South Florida water
management web site at WWW.SFWMD.GOV/WATERWATCH.

OUTLOOK...

High pressure will remain over the southeastern United States this
weekend into early next week keeping an easterly wind flow over
South Florida. This will keep most of South Florida dry through
early next week, except for a few showers along the east coast metro
areas. total rainfall amounts through early next week from the
showers will be at most tenth of an inch.

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 May and
June is for an equal chance of above or below normal rainfall across
South Florida.

The next update on the drought conditions for South Florida will be
around the early part of May, unless conditions change before that
time. Stay tune to NOAA weather radio and other local media for
further details and updates.

$$

Baxter



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