Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
410 PM EDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...Severe drought conditions have developed over Glades and
Hendry Counties...

Moderate drought conditions continue over Collier and western
Palm Beach Counties...

...Abnormally dry conditions have continue over metro areas of
Palm Broward and Palm Beach Counties...

SYNOPSIS...
South Florida has continued to see below normal rainfall for the
last half of February and the first half of March, as cold fronts
have been mostly dry when they moved through South Florida. This
has allowed for the development of severe drought conditions (D2)
over Glades and Hendry Counties. Moderate drought conditions(D1)
continued over Collier and western Palm Beach Counties. The rest
of South Florida has continued in an Abnormally Dry Condition
(D0), except for the southeastern areas of South Florida where no
drought conditions exist at this time.

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida from OCT 1, 2016 to MAR 22,
2017.


AIRPORTS RAINFALL : DEPARTURE OCT 1 - MAR 22  OCT 1 - MAR 22

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :  13.34      :     -9.12
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :   8.39      :     -5.21
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :  11.92      :     -9.50
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :  19.51      :     +1.97

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :   4.08      :    -10.24
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :   6.29      :     -7.91
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :   3.96      :     -8.50
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.12      :     -5.72
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  11.18      :     -4.77
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  19.20      :     +3.46
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.68      :     -3.80
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.24      :     -4.51
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  16.79      :     -3.43
FT. LAUD EXECUTIVE (BROWARD)  :  14.22      :     -4.83
HIALEAH         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  21.48      :     +1.42
PALM BEACH GARDENS(PALM BEACH):  12.30      :     -8.30


                                    PERCENT OF NORMAL
                                 OCT 1,2016 - MAR 22,2017

ORTONA LOCK                   28% (driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK              32% (4TH driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE                      44% (4TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 56% (4TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      59% (12TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH GARDENS            60% (2ND driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      62% (23TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD                     70% (7TH driest dry season so far)
OPA LOCKA                     70% (9TH driest dry season so far)
PERRINE                       75% (15TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE     75% (9TH driest dry season so far)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT               78% (15TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT           83% (7TH driest dry season so far)
HAILEAH                      107%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL          111%
MIAMI BEACH                  122%


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
16.1 feet which was 0.2 feet below normal. In Broward County, the
reservoirs where around 11.5 feet which was 0.5 feet above
normal. In Miami-Dade County, the underground water reservoirs
were around 9.2 feet which was 0.8 feet below normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 12.8 feet as of March 22,
which was around 1.6 feet below the normal level of 14.4 feet for
this time of year. The level of Fisheating Creek was 0.5 feet as
of March 23, which was around 2 feet below the normal level of 2.5
feet for this time of year.


FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

As of March 23, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) was 600 to
650 over Galdes and Hendry Counties. 550 to 600 over Collier
County and rest of South Florida was 500 to 550. This puts
Glades, Hendry, and Collier Counties in a high fire danger with
rest of South Florida in a moderate fire danger.

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 build over the Southeastern United States this
weekend into early next week behind a cold front along with breezy
easterly winds. A few showers could be possible along the east
coast metro areas early this weekend. Rainfall amounts expected
this weekend should be less than tenth of inch over the east coast
metro areas and remain dry over rest 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
April through 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 middle of April, 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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