Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL
AXUS72 KMFL 161628
Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
1128 AM EST Thu Feb 16 2017
...Moderate drought conditions have developed over the northern
areas and west coast metro area of South Florida...
...Abnormally dry conditions have developed over rest of South
Florida, except for southeastern portions of South Florida...
South Florida has seen below normal rainfall since October 2016,
as cold fronts have been mostly dry when they moved through South
Florida. This has allowed for the development of moderate drought
conditions(D1) over the northern portion of South Florida
including the west coast metro area. The rest of South Florida
has also developed into Abnormally Dry Conditions (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 FEB 15,
AIRPORTS RAINFALL : DEPARTURE OCT 1 - FEB 15 OCT 1 - FEB 15
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL : 9.87 : -7.96
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT : 6.17 : -4.66
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL : 9.79 : -8.09
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL : 16.29 : +1.81
SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES
ORTONA LOCK (HENDRY) : 2.90 : -7.56
LA BELLE (HENDRY) : 5.12 : -5.42
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES) : 2.96 : -5.96
OPA LOCKA (MIAMI-DADE) : 11.11 : -4.59
HOMESTEAD (MIAMI-DADE) : 7.91 : -5.40
MIAMI BEACH (MIAMI-DADE) : 17.90 : +5.31
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE) : 11.57 : -2.69
PERRINE (MIAMI-DADE) : 11.04 : -3.64
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) : 14.76 : -1.87
FT. LAUD EXECUTIVE (BROWARD) : 12.41 : -2.46
HIALEAH (MIAMI-DADE) : 17.68 : +1.41
PALM BEACH GARDENS(PALM BEACH): 9.08 : -7.66
PERCENT OF NORMAL
OCT 1,2016 - FEB 15,2017
ORTONA LOCK 28% (driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK 33% (3RD driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE 49% (6TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH GARDENS 54% (2ND driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 55% (9TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL 55% (9TH driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 57% (15TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD 59% (2ND driest dry season so far)
OPA LOCKA 71% (8TH driest dry season so far)
PERRINE 75% (16TH driest dry season so far)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT 81% (13TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE 83% (9TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT 89% (9TH driest dry season so far)
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL 113%
MIAMI BEACH 142%
The wells over the west coast of South Florida and the Lake
Okeechobee region are running at 10 to 25 percent of normal
levels for this time of year, as the wells over the east coast
metro areas are running near normal levels. The only exception to
this is in southeastern Miami-Dade County where the wells are running
at 10 to 25 percent of normal levels.
The underground water reservoirs in Palm Beach County were around
16.4 feet which was near normal. In Broward County, the
reservoirs where around 11.8 feet which was 0.8 feet above normal.
In Miami-Dade County, the underground water reservoirs were
around 9.5 feet which was 0.7 feet below normal.
The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 13.6 feet as of February
16, which was around 1 foot below the normal level of 14.6 feet.
The level of Fisheating Creek was 0.7 feet as of February 16,
which was around 1.3 feet below the normal level of 2 feet for
this time of year.
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...
As of February 16th, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) was
600 to 700 over all of South Florida. This puts all of South
Florida in a high risk of wild fires.
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.
High pressure will will move quickly east across the Southeastern
United States on Friday allowing for a frontal system to move
across the Florida Peninsula this weekend. This frontal system
will bring a chance of showers and a few thunderstorms to the
area. High pressure will then build in early next week from the
north. Rainfall amounts expected this weekend should be less than
quarter of an inch, but could be higher where any thunderstorms
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
March through April is for an below normal rainfall chance across
The next update on the drought conditions for South Florida will
be around the beginning of March, unless conditions change before
that time. Stay tune to NOAA weather radio and other local media
for further details and updates.