Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1215 PM EDT THU JUL 9 2015

...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEVELOPED IN METRO BROWARD AND
MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES...
...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEVELOPED IN MOST OF PALM BEACH
COUNTY...

SYNOPSIS...
MOST OF THE RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE INTO EARLY JULY FELL
OVER THE INTERIOR AND WEST COAST METRO AREAS DUE TO PERSISTENT
EASTERLY WIND FLOW. RAINFALL AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 1 TO 4 INCHES
OVER THE EAST COAST METROPOLITAN AREAS TO 4 TO 6 INCHES OVER THE
EASTERN INTERIOR AREAS. FOR THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA...RAINFALL AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 6 TO 8 INCHES, EXCEPT OVER
WESTERN GLADES AND WESTERN HENDRY COUNTIES WHERE 8 TO 15 INCHES
FELL.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL AT SEVERAL
SITES ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA FOR FROM JANUARY 1, 2015 TO JULY 8, 2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                            JAN 1 - JUL 8     JAN 1 - JUL 8

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :  18.27      :    -10.44
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :  18.89      :     -4.02
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :  15.35      :    -14.08
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :  15.96      :    -11.07

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :  22.21      :     -1.27
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  30.64      :     +4.73
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  24.87      :     -0.14
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  16.21      :     -6.33
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :  19.92      :     -7.20
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.28      :     -9.62
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.90      :     -7.44
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  11.13      :    -14.11
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  12.47      :    -14.03
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.19      :    -14.66
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  17.60      :    -10.98

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             JAN 1,2014 - JUL 8,2015
MIAMI BEACH                            44%
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        47%
PERRINE                                47%
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          52%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    59%
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    62%
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               64%
OPA LOCKA                              66%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       72%
HOMESTEAD                              72%
OASIS                                  73%
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               82%
IMMOKALEE                              95%
LA BELLE                               99%
ORTONA LOCK                           118%


WITH MOST OF THE RAINFALL FALLING OVER WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE INTO EARLY JULY, DROUGHT CONDITIONS
HAVE CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND WORSEN OVER EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA AND AROUND LAKE OKEECHOBEE. EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS
(D3) HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE METRO AREAS OF BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE
COUNTIES. SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D2) HAVE CONTINUED TO EXPAND
INTO MOST OF PALM BEACH COUNTY WITH MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS
(D1) EXPANDING INTO EASTERN MAINLAND MONROE COUNTY. ABNORMALLY
DRY CONDITIONS (D0) HAVE EXPANDED INTO THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE REGION
AND WESTERN MAINLAND MONROE COUNTY.

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

WELLS OVER THE EAST COAST METROPOLITAN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA HAVE
FALLEN DOWN TO THE LOWEST 10 PERCENT RANGE WITH THE EASTERN INTERIOR
WELLS RUNNING AT THE LOWEST 10 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE. THE WELLS OVER
THE WESTERN INTERIOR AREAS WERE RUNNING IN THE NORMAL RANGE WITH
NAPLES METROPOLITAN AREA WELLS RUNNING IN THE HIGHEST 10 TO 30
PERCENT RANGE.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
14.6 FEET WHICH WAS 1.2 FEET BELOW NORMAL. IN BROWARD
COUNTY...THE RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 10.6 FEET WHICH WAS 0.5 FEET
BELOW NORMAL. IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE UNDERGROUND WATER
RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 8.7 FEET...WHICH IS 0.6 FEET BELOW NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 12.1 FEET AS OF JULY
9TH...WHICH WAS ABOUT 1.4 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 13.5
FEET. THE LEVEL OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 5 FEET AS OF JULY
9TH...WHICH WAS AROUND 1.2 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 3.8
FEET FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF JULY 8TH...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS 400 TO
550 OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA WITH THE WESTERN AREAS
OF SOUTH FLORIDA BETWEEN 200 TO 400. 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 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...

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 JULY IS ALSO FOR
BELOW BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA.

THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE AROUND THE MID TO END OF JULY...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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