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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
352 PM EDT THU JUN 11 2015

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CENTRAL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY...
...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS REST OF MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES...

SYNOPSIS...
DURING THE LAST HALF OF MAY INTO EARLY JUNE, MOST OF THE RAINFALL
HAS FALLEN OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA. RAINFALL
AMOUNTS RANGED BETWEEN 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF
SOUTH FLORIDA TO 4 TO 6 INCHES OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL AT SEVERAL
SITES ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THIS DRY SEASON STARTING FROM
NOVEMBER 1, 2014 TO JUNE 10, 2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                              NOV 1-JUN 10      NOV 1-JUN 10

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :   19.70     :     -9.84
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :   11.65     :     -5.83
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :   19.80     :     -6.69
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :   16.79     :     -6.84

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :  18.54      :     -1.42
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  25.58      :     +5.22
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  18.73      :     -1.53
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  14.49      :     -4.06
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :  20.99      :     -0.12
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  20.57      :     -4.64
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.86      :     -3.32
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.86      :     -9.41
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  12.81      :    -10.23
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.26      :    -10.40
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  20.40      :     -6.03

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             NOV 1,2014 - JUN 10,2015
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        56%
PERRINE                                56%
MIAMI BEACH                            60%
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               67%
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               67%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    71%
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          75%
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    77%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       78%
OPA LOCKA                              82%
HOMESTEAD                              85%
LA BELLE                               92%
IMMOKALEE                              93%
OASIS                                  99%
ORTONA LOCK                           126%

WITH MOST OF THE RAINFALL FALLING OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA, DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND WORSEN
OVER EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA. SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
(D2) HAVE DEVELOPED OVER CENTRAL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WITH MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D1) OVER THE REST OF MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD
COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS (D0) HAVE EXPANDED INTO MOST
OF PALM BEACH COUNTY.

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

MOST OF THE WELLS OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA ARE NOW
RUNNING AT THE LOWEST 10 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE. THE WELLS OVER THE
WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA ARE STILL RUNNING NEAR NORMAL
LEVELS, EXCEPT FOR THE WELLS OVER THE METRO AREAS OF COLLIER
COUNTY WHERE THEY ARE RUNNING IN THE HIGHEST 10 PERCENT RANGE.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
15.2 FEET WHICH WAS 0.6 FEET BELOW NORMAL. IN BROWARD COUNTY...THE
RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 10.6 FEET WHICH WAS 0.4 FEET BELOW NORMAL.
IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS WERE
AROUND 8.9 FEET...WHICH IS 0.5 FEET BELOW NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 12.5 FEET AS OF JUNE 11TH...WHICH
WAS ABOUT 0.7 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 13.2 FEET. THE LEVEL
OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 1.9 FEET AS OF JUNE 11TH...WHICH WAS
AROUND 0.1 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 1.8 FEET FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF JUNE 11...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS 400 TO
500 OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA WITH THE WESTERN AREAS
OF SOUTH FLORIDA BELOW 200. THIS PUTS THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA IN A MODERATE TO HIGH RISK OF WILDFIRES WITH THE WESTERN
AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA IN A LOW RISK OF WILDFIRES.

RESPONSE/ACTIONS...

THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAS KEPT ALL OF SOUTH
FLORIDA IN A YEARLY WATER RESTRICTION...WHICH REDUCES WATER USAGE TO
3 DAYS A WEEK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WATER SHORTAGE CONDITIONS
...PLEASE VISIT THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT WEB SITE AT
WWW.SFWMD.GOV.

OUTLOOK...

HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE MOSTLY IN CONTROL OF SOUTH FLORIDA WEATHER
THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK ALLOWING FOR AN EASTERLY WIND
FLOW OVER THE AREA. THIS WILL FOCUS THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

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 JUNE
THROUGH AUGUST PREDICTS AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA.

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

$$

BAXTER



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