Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Melbourne, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
1212 PM EDT Thu Jun 15 2017

...Heavy Rainfall into June Significantly Improves Drought
Conditions Across East Central Florida...

Synopsis...

Increasing moisture into late May, combined with a more unsettled
weather pattern led to a considerable increase in daily shower and
thunderstorm activity through the first half of June. Widespread
rainfall totals up to 4 to 8 inches have fallen across east central
Florida since the beginning of the month, with even higher amounts
around 10 to 13 inches occurring across Martin County. This rainfall
has lead to the elimination of severe to extreme drought conditions
across the region. However lingering precipitation deficits since
the beginning of the year still continue moderate drought (D1) to
abnormally dry (D0) conditions for some areas.

As of the Drought Monitor from June 15th, 2017...
*Moderate Drought (D1) conditions exist across southern Lake and
Orange counties through Osceola and southern Brevard counties.
*Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions extend across northern Lake County
eastward through Seminole, Volusia and northern Brevard counties, as
well as across Okeechobee County.


Summary of Impacts...

State and Local Impacts: According to the Florida Division of
Forestry, as of June 13th, the recent heavier rainfall has allowed
burn bans to be lifted for all counties in east central Florida,
except Orange County where open burning of yard debris is prohibited
year round.

The South Florida Water Management District and the St. Johns River
Water Management District continue Water Shortage Warnings for their
entire area, which covers all counties in east central Florida. This
encourages residents to reduce water use and voluntarily conserve
water to the maximum extent possible.

Soil Moisture Conditions: Recent rainfall has allowed Keetch-Byram
Drought Index (KBDI) values to fall significantly over the area,
with values now less than 200 over the region. These KBDI values
indicate low to very low dryness for this time of year.

Groundwater Conditions: The latest groundwater conditions from the
United States Geological Survey (USGS) as of June 14th indicate
groundwater levels at a few sites have increased to near to above
normal. However there still remains several sites where levels
remain below to much below normal for this time of year.

River and Stream Flow Conditions: The latest seven day average
streamflow from the USGS as of June 15th indicate values that are
near to above normal across much of the area due to recent heavy
rainfall.

Fire Danger Hazards: According to the National Interagency Fire
Center, the potential for significant wildland fires is low for all
of east central Florida.


Climate Summary...

Here are the latest rainfall statistics through June 14th, 2017 for
select sites across east central Florida:

Since January 1, 2017:

Station         Observed      Normal      Departure    Percent of
                Rainfall     Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Daytona Beach    11.97"       17.70"       -5.73"          68%
Orlando          10.50"       18.08"       -7.58"          58%
Melbourne        12.59"       16.52"       -3.93"          76%
Vero Beach       15.60"       18.36"       -2.76"          76%
Clermont         14.99"       18.42"       -3.43"          81%
Lisbon           20.14"       19.15"       +0.99"         105%
DeLand           21.30"       20.01"       +1.29"         106%
Sanford WP       12.88"       18.29"       -5.41"          70%
Titusville WP    17.09"       18.17"       -1.08"          94%
Fort Pierce WP   15.86"       18.37"       -2.51"          86%
Stuart WP        22.71"       22.83"       -0.12"          99%
Kenansville      14.88"        N/A          N/A            N/A
Kiss. Prairie    13.53"        N/A          N/A            N/A

Past 90 days (Since March 17th, 2017):

Station         Observed      Normal      Departure    Percent of
                Rainfall     Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Daytona Beach     7.09"       10.05"       -2.96"          71%
Orlando           7.48"       11.55"       -4.07"          65%
Melbourne         7.36"       10.05"       -2.69"          73%
Vero Beach       12.73"       11.18"       +1.55"         114%
Clermont         10.51"       10.91"       -0.40"          96%
Lisbon           13.57"       11.36"       +2.21"         119%
DeLand           15.89"       11.84"       +4.05"         134%
Sanford WP        7.94"       10.48"       -2.54"          76%
Titusville WP    12.28"       10.62"       +1.66"         116%
Fort Pierce WP   12.90"       11.05"       +1.85"         117%
Stuart WP        17.98"       14.48"       +3.50"         124%
Kenansville      12.15"        N/A          N/A            N/A
Kiss. Prairie    11.18"        N/A          N/A            N/A


Precipitation and Temperature Outlook...

The current Climate Prediction Center`s (CPC) 6-10 and 8-14 day
outlooks, which cover through late June, indicate greater chances
for above normal temperatures and for near to above normal
precipitation across the area.

Three Month Outlook (July-August-September):  Currently CPC is
forecasting greater odds for above normal temperatures during this
period, with equal chances for above, near, and below normal
precipitation. Now that the wet season has begun across the area,
any lingering rainfall deficits should gradually improve through the
remainder of the summer.

Next Issuance Date...

This will be the last drought statement until a time when severe
drought conditions return to the area.

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Related Web Sites...

Additional information on current drought conditions may be found at
the following web sites:

U.S. Drought Monitor: http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu
U.S. Drought Portal: http://www.drought.gov
Southeast Regional Climate Center: http://www.sercc.com
Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Florida Division of Forestry: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/
Division-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service
South Florida Water Management District: http://www.sfwmd.gov
Saint Johns River Water Management District: http://www.sjrwmd.com
United State Geological Survey Orlando: http://fl.water.usgs.gov

Acknowledgments: Information for this report was provided by the
following: The United States Department of Agriculture, the National
Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, Florida Division of
Forestry, National Drought Mitigation Center, the United States
Geological Survey, South Florida Water Management District, Saint
Johns River Water Management District, and the National Weather
Service in Melbourne.

If you have any questions or comments on this drought information
statement, please contact:

National Weather Service Melbourne
421 Croton Rd
Melbourne FL 32935
Phone: 321-255-0212
Email: sr-mlb.webmaster@noaa.gov
Website: www.weather.gov/mlb

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