Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
428 AM EDT Fri Apr 27 2018

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL OF COLLIER
COUNTY, AND REMAINS OVER WESTERN BROWARD, NORTHERN MIAMI-DADE,
AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST PALM BEACH COUNTIES...

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER REST OF SOUTH
FLORIDA EXCEPT FOR NORTHERN GLADES, METRO PALM BEACH, AND
NORTHERN METRO BROWARD COUNTIES WHERE ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS
CONTINUE...

SYNOPSIS...A cold front moved through South Florida early this
week bringing some more rainfall to the eastern portion of South
Florida, while the western areas of South Florida remain dry.
Rainfall amounts ranged from 1 to 2 inches over the northeastern
areas of South Florida to around quarter of an inch over the
southeastern areas.

This has allowed the Severe Drought conditions (D2) to be expanded
westward and is now covering all of Collier County. The Severe
Drought Conditions (D2) continues over northern Miami-Dade,
western Broward, and extreme southwest Palm Beach Counties.
Moderate Drought conditions (D1) continue over rest of South
Florida, except for northern Glades County, metro Palm Beach
County, and northern metro Broward County where Abnormally dry
conditions (D0) exists.

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida from November 1st, 2017 to
April 26, 2018. SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES


                            RAINFALL TOTAL    :    DEPARTURE
AIRPORTS

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL        :    15.21    :    -6.73
NAPLES MUNICIPAL                :     4.10    :    -7.84
FT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTL    :    11.98    :    -6.30
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL             :     9.93    :    -5.01

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

ORTONA LOCK (HENDRY)            :     7.36    :    -6.46
LA BELLE (HENDRY)(UP TO APR 22) :     6.17    :    -7.26
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)       :     5.14    :    -7.69
OPA LOCKA (MIAMI-DADE)          :     4.96    :   -10.79
HOMESTEAD (MIAMI-DADE)          :     5.74    :    -7.23
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)    :     7.03    :    -7.41
PERRINE (MIAMI-DADE)            :     8.56    :    -6.08
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD)   :    13.45    :    -5.06
FT LAUDERDALE EXEC (BROWARD)    :    22.34    :    +3.92
HIALEAH (MIAMI-DADE)            :     9.23    :    -8.11
PALM BEACH GARDENS (PALM BEACH) :    14.00    :    -5.71
NORTH MIAMI-BEACH (MIAMI-DADE)  :     9.16    :    -7.85


                                  PERCENT OF NORMAL
                                 NOV 1,2017 - APR 26,2017

OPA LOCKA                     31% (Driest dry season so far)
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      34% (4TH driest dry season so far)
MOORE HAVEN LOCK              40% (10TH driest dry season so far)
HOMESTEAD                     44% (2ND driest dry season so far)
LA BELLE (UP TO APR 22)       46% (7TH driest dry season so far)
TAMIAMI AIRPORT               49% (5TH driest dry season so far)
ORTONA LOCK                   53% (6TH driest dry season so far)
HIALEAH                       53% (11TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH MIAMI-BEACH             54% (3RD driest dry season so far)
PERRINE                       58% (12TH driest dry season so far)
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           66% (21ST driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL 66% (8TH driest dry season so far)
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      69%
PALM BEACH GARDENS            71% (8TH driest dry season so far)
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT           73% (7TH driest dry season so far)
FORT LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE    121%


HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...Most of the wells across South Florida are
currently running near normal levels. The only exception to this
is for the wells over northern metro Miami-Dade County and metro
areas of Collier County where they are running at the lowest 10
to 30 percentile.

The most recent underground water reservoir levels in Palm Beach
County were around 16.2 feet which is 0.3 feet above normal.
In Broward County, the levels were around 11.6 feet which is 0.6
feet above normal. In Miami-Dade County, the underground water
reservoirs levels were around 8.9 feet which is 0.9 feet below
normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 13.3 feet as of April 26
with was around 0.4 feet below the normal level of 13.7 feet.
The level of Fisheating Creek was 0.8 feet as of April 26, around
0.4 feet below the normal level of 1.2 feet for this time of
year.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...As of April 26, the Keetch-Byram Drought
Index (KBDI) was between 600 and 650 in Miami-Dade and Collier
Counties, 550 to 600 in Mainland Monroe County, 500 to 550 in
Broward and Hendry Counties, 450 to 500 in Glades County, and less
than 450 in Palm Beach County. This put Miami-Dade and Collier
Counties in a very high fire danger with Mainland Monroe County in
a high fire danger. Rest of South Florida is in a moderate fire
danger, except for Palm Beach County where the fire danger is low.

The Fire Burn Ban remains in effect for Glades and Hendry
Counties. This means that no prescribed fires are allowed in these
counties.

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
http://www.sfwmd.gov/waterwatch.

OUTLOOK...A cold front will be moving through South Florida
tonight, before high pressure builds into the area for this
weekend into early next week. Therefore, the weather will be
mostly dry across South Florida into early next week, except for
some showers and a few thunderstorms over the east coast metro
areas today into this evening.

The Climate Prediction Center`s precipitation outlook for the
next 6 to 14 days calls for an equal chance of above or below
normal rainfall across South Florida. The outlook in general for
May through July is for an equal chance of above or below normal
rainfall. Drought conditions are expected to continue in coverage
over most of South Florida through May before slowly improving in
the early summer time.

There is an above normal potential of significant wildland fires,
especially into May, based on the ongoing dry conditions through
May.

The next update on the drought conditions for South Florida will
be around the middle of May, unless conditions change before that
time. Stay tuned to NOAA weather radio and other local media for
further details and updates.

$$

Baxter


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