Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
538 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018


SYNOPSIS...Prevailing high pressure has has limited rainfall
amounts across South Florida for the early part of March. This
has allowed Moderate Drought conditions (D1) to developed over
northern Miami-Dade, western Broward, southeast Collier and
northern Mainland Monroe Counties. Abnormally dry conditions (D0)
continued over most of the remainder of South Florida, except for
northern Glades County where there are no drought conditions.

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida from November 1st, 2017 to
March 19, 2018.

                            RAINFALL TOTAL    :    DEPARTURE

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL        :     8.78    :    -8.08
NAPLES MUNICIPAL                :     2.93    :    -5.83
FT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTL    :    10.75    :    -3.53
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL             :     6.64    :    -4.27


ORTONA LOCK (HENDRY)            :     4.28    :    -5.99
LA BELLE (HENDRY)               :     4.85    :    -5.57
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)       :     3.60    :    -5.83
OPA LOCKA (MIAMI-DADE)          :     3.75    :    -8.13
HOMESTEAD (MIAMI-DADE)          :     4.24    :    -4.97
MIAMI BEACH (MIAMI-DADE)        :    11.56    :    +0.58
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)    :     5.46    :    -5.35
PERRINE (MIAMI-DADE)            :     7.38    :    -3.41
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD)   :    11.46    :    -2.57
FT LAUDERDALE EXEC (BROWARD)    :    17.69    :    +4.77
HIALEAH (MIAMI-DADE)            :     6.65    :    -6.10
PALM BEACH GARDENS (PALM BEACH) :    11.13    :    -3.41

                                  PERCENT OF NORMAL
                                 NOV 1,2017 - MAR 19,2017

OPA LOCKA                     32% (3RD driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      33% (9TH driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK              38% (12TH driest dry season so far)
ORTONA LOCK                   42% (7TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD                     46% (4TH driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE                      47% (13TH driest dry season so far)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT               51% (7TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      52% (18TH driest dry season so far)
HIALEAH                       52% (13TH driest dry season so far)
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           61% (21ST driest dry season so far)
PERRINE                       68% (25TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 75% (9TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH GARDENS            77% (7TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT           82% (9TH driest dry season so far)
MIAMI BEACH                  105%

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...The wells over most of South Florida are
running at near normal levels, except over far southeastern Miami-
Dade County where they are in the 10th to 30th percentile range.

The most recent underground water reservoir levels in Palm Beach
County were around 16.3 feet which is near normal. In Broward County,
the levels were around 11.5 feet which is 0.5 feet above normal.
In Miami-Dade County, the underground water reservoirs levels were
around 9.4 feet which is 0.6 feet below normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 14.9 feet as of March 1,
around 0.4 feet above the normal level of 14.5 feet. The level of
Fisheating Creek was 1.4 feet as of March 1, around 0.6 feet below
the normal level of 2.0 feet for this time of year.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...As of March 19, the Keetch-Byram Drought
Index (KBDI) was between 500 to 600 range over most of South
Florida, with slightly lower levels of 450 to 500 in Glades County
and metro Broward County. This puts most of South Florida in a
high to very high fire danger level, except for Glades County and
metro Broward Counties where the fire danger level is moderate.

There is also now a Fire Burn Ban in effect for Hendry County
which means that no prescribed fires are allowed in the county.

RESPONSE/ACTIONS...The South Florida Water Management District
has continued the yearly watering restrictions for South Florida.
For more information on the watering restrictions, please visit
the South Florida Water Management District web site at

OUTLOOK...A strong cold front for this time of year will be
moving through South Florida today, with widespread significant
rainfall amounts not expected due to fast moving showers and
storms. High pressure will build into the area from the north for
late this week into the upcoming weekend.

The Climate Prediction Center`s precipitation outlook for the
next 6 to 14 days calls for an increased likelihood of below-normal
rainfall across South Florida. However, the outlook in general for
April through June is for an equal chance of above or below normal
rainfall. Drought conditions are expected to continue to continue
to develop or increase in coverage over South Florida through
late this spring before slowly improving in the early summer time.

There is an above normal potential of significant wildland fires,
especially in April and May, based on the increased likelihood of
dry conditions continuing into late spring.

The next update on the drought conditions for South Florida will
be around the end of March or early April, 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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