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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1138 PM EDT FRI MAY 22 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER THE SOUTHERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA...

SYNOPSIS...
DURING THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF MAY, MOST OF THE RAINFALL HAS
FALLEN OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS
RANGE BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES OVER THE EASTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA TO 3 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 MAY 22, 2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                              NOV 1-MAY 22      NOV 1-MAY 22

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :   17.31     :     -7.64
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :    7.87     :     -6.21
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :   18.90     :     -2.34
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :   14.13     :     -4.38

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :  15.13      :     -0.93
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  18.73      :     +2.35
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  14.41      :     -1.51
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  13.15      :     -1.69
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :  11.42      :     -4.35
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  18.67      :     -1.00
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  14.38      :     -2.23
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.66      :     -4.68
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :   9.78      :     -8.23
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  12.01      :     -6.04
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  19.71      :     -1.31

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             NOV 1,2014 - MAY 22,2015
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        54%
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               56%
PERRINE                                67%
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               69%
OASIS                                  72%
MIAMI BEACH                            74%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    76%
HOMESTEAD                              87%
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          89%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       89%
LA BELLE                               91%
IMMOKALEE                              94%
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    94%
OPA LOCKA                              95%
ORTONA LOCK                           114%

WITH MOST OF THE RAINFALL FALLING OVER THE WESTERN AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA, DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE NOT CHANGED MUCH SINCE THE END
OF APRIL. MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D1) REMAIN IN PLACE FOR ALL
OF MIAMI-DADE AND MAINLAND MONROE COUNTIES WITH ABNORMALLY DRY
CONDITIONS (D0) OVER MOST OF BROWARD AND EASTERN COLLIER COUNTIES.
THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS IS THAT SOUTHEAST COLLIER COUNTY AND
SOUTHWEST BROWARD COUNTY ARE IN A MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITION (D1).

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

THE WELLS OVER SOUTH FLORIDA ARE NEAR NORMAL RANGE FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
15.6 FEET WHICH IS NEAR NORMAL. IN BROWARD COUNTY...THE RESERVOIRS
WERE AROUND 10.9 FEET WHICH IS NEAR NORMAL. IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE
UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 8.9 FEET...WHICH IS 0.7
FEET BELOW NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 13.1 FEET AS OF MAY
22TH...WHICH WAS ABOUT 0.1 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 13.2 FEET.
THE LEVEL OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 1.6 FEET AS OF MAY 22ST...WHICH
WAS AROUND 0.4 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 1.2 FEET FOR THIS
TIME OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF MAY 22TH...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS 300 TO
400 OVER GLADES COUNTY, 400 TO 450 OVER COLLIER COUNTY, 450 TO
500 OVER HENDRY COUNTY, 500 TO 550 OVER PALM BEACH AND MAINLAND
MONROE COUNTIES, AND 550 TO 600 OVER MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES.
THIS PUTS MOST OF SOUTH FLORIDA IN A MODERATE RISK OF WILDFIRES,
EXCEPT FOR HIGH RISK OVER SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA
AND A LOW RISK OVER GLADES COUNTY.

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 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 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 BEGINNING 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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