Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
1201 PM EDT Thu Apr 27 2017

...Severe drought conditions continue over most of the western
areas of South Florida...

...Moderate drought conditions for Mainland Monroe County...

SYNOPSIS...A disturbance moved across South Florida on Sunday
April 23, 2017 bringing rainfall amounts of 2 to 6 inches to the
eastern areas of South Florida. However, the western areas of
South Florida did not see much rainfall from the disturbance with
amounts ranging from only quarter of an inch over Glades County
to around 1 inch over eastern Collier County. Therefore, the east
coast metro areas have been removed from drought conditions,
while severe drought conditions (D2) continue over the western
areas of South Florida and moderate drought conditions (D1)
continues over Mainland Monroe County.

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 26 OCT 1 - APR 26

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :  17.51      :     -9.56
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :   9.54      :     -6.71
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :  19.50      :     -5.70
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :  23.68      :     +2.41

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :   6.40      :    -11.10
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :   7.93      :     -9.17
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :   6.29      :     -9.22
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  17.38      :     -5.01
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  15.39      :     -4.09
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  21.50      :     +2.01
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :  20.89      :     +0.06
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  21.49      :     +0.16
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  22.51      :     -1.58
FT. LAUD EXECUTIVE (BROWARD)  :  17.33      :     -6.59
HIALEAH         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  25.46      :     +1.20
PALM BEACH GARDENS(PALM BEACH):  17.92      :    -11.08
MARCO ISLAND (COLLIER)        :   8.14      :     -8.96


                                    PERCENT OF NORMAL
                                  OCT 1,2016 - APR 26,2017

ORTONA LOCK                   37% (2ND driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK              41% (7TH driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE                      46% (3TH driest dry season so far)
MARCO ISLAND                  48% (2ND driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      65% (13TH driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      59% (18TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH GARDENS            71% (5ND driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE     72% (6TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 77% (27TH driest dry season so far)
OPA LOCKA                     78% (10TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD                     79% (10TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT           93%
TAMIAMI AIRPORT              100%
PERRINE                      101%
HAILEAH                      105%
MIAMI BEACH                  110%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL          111%


HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

The wells over the Lake Okeechobee region and the west coast of
South Florida are still running at 10 to 25 percent of normal
levels, while the wells over the east coast metro areas are
running near to above average 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 were 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 11.7 feet as of April 27,
which was around 2 feet below the normal level of 13.7 feet for
this time of year. The level of Fisheating Creek was 0.4 feet as
of April 27, which was 0.8 feet below the normal level of 1.2
feet for this time of year.

South Florida Water Management District has also closed S-135,
G-36, S-127, AND S-131 locks on Lake Okeechobee due to the low
level of Lake Okeechobee. S-193 lock on Lake Okeechobee will be
reduced to Saturday and Sundays between 5:30 AM and 10:30 PM for
operation.


FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

As of April 26, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) was 550 to
600 over the western areas of South Florida and 300 to 450 over
the eastern areas of South Florida. The only exception to this was
over Mainland Monroe County where it was 500 to 550 range.
This puts the western areas in a high fire danger, while the
eastern areas in a low risk. The only exception to this is over
Mainland Monroe County where the wildfire danger is in a moderate
risk. 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 issued a water
shortage warning for South Florida, and they are 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 chance of showers over the area on Monday.

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
through July 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.

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Baxter



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