Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Melbourne, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
922 PM EST Fri Feb 22 2019

...Additional Rainfall into February Ended Moderate Drought
Conditions Across East Central Florida...

Synopsis...

Rainfall increased across east central Florida toward mid February
from onshore moving rain bands along and north of a stalled front,
and a line of showers and storms that moved through the area ahead
of a passing cold front. Precipitation totals between 0.75 inches to
2 inches occurred across much of the area from the 9th through the
12th, with amounts up to 2 to 4 inches falling across portions of
Brevard County. This additional rainfall put an end to moderate
drought conditions across southern Brevard County and the Treasure
Coast. However, abnormally dry (D0) conditions still exist across
this portion of the coast, due to lingering rainfall deficits
that extend back through the beginning of September.


Summary of Impacts...

State and Local Impacts: According to the Florida Division of
Forestry...there are no burn bans in effect at this time for east
central Florida, except Orange County where burning is prohibited
year round.

Soil Moisture Conditions: The recent rainfall has kept KBDI values
relatively low for this time of year across the area. As of February
22, 2019 the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) values average around
200-299 across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast, and around
100-199 farther north across east central Florida.

Groundwater Conditions: The latest groundwater conditions from the
United States Geological Survey (USGS) as of February 22 indicate
groundwater levels have improved and are around normal for much of
east central Florida.

River and Stream Flow Conditions: The latest seven day average
streamflow from the USGS as of Friday, February 22 indicates values
range from normal to much above normal across the region for this
time of year.

Fire Danger Hazards: According to the National Interagency Fire
Center, the potential for significant wildland fires is low to
moderate across the area.


Climate Summary...

Here are the latest rainfall statistics for select sites across east
central Florida:

Since September 1, 2018 (Through February 21, 2019):

Station         Observed      Normal      Departure    Percent of
                Rainfall     Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Melbourne        13.72"       22.28"       -8.56"          62%
Vero Beach       13.63"       21.61"       -7.98"          63%
Titusville       15.21"       22.12"       -6.91"          69%
Fort Pierce      15.82"       23.46"       -7.64"          67%
Stuart WP        14.29"       26.93"      -12.64"          53%


Past 90 Days (Through February 21, 2019):

Station         Observed      Normal      Departure    Percent of
                Rainfall     Rainfall    From Normal     Normal

Melbourne         9.85"        7.37"       +2.48"         134%
Vero Beach        6.66"        7.41"       -0.75"          90%
Titusville       11.35"        8.03"       +3.32"         141%
Fort Pierce       8.58"        7.53"       +1.05"         114%
Stuart WP         7.37"        8.85"       -1.48"          83%



Precipitation and Temperature Outlook...

The Climate Prediction Center`s (CPC) 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks,
which cover the period from late February through early March
indicate higher chances for above normal temperatures and near to
above normal precipitation across much of the area.

Three Month Outlook (March-April-May): The latest CPC outlook shows
greater odds for above normal temperatures and precipitation into
the spring.

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
NWS Melbourne Dry Season Outlook: www.weather.gov/mlb/mlbnino

Acknowledgments: Information for this report was provided by the
following: 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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