Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
457 PM EDT Thu May 24 2018

...South Florida is No Longer in a Drought Condition...

SYNOPSIS...A trough of low pressure was located over the Gulf of
Mexico last week into early this week. This allowed for deep
tropical moisture to work into South Florida from the south during
this time frame leading to heavy rainfall. Rainfall amounts ranged
from 4 to 7 inches over most of South Florida, except for Broward
and Palm Beach Counties where 7 to 16 inches fell. Therefore, the
drought conditions has been removed from South Florida.

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida for the month of May month so
far.


                            RAINFALL TOTAL    :    DEPARTURE
AIRPORTS

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL        :     7.84    :    +4.84
NAPLES MUNICIPAL                :     4.11    :    +1.97
FT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTL    :    11.74    :    +8.65
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL             :     8.44    :    +4.82

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

ORTONA LOCK (HENDRY)            :     7.22    :    +4.65
LA BELLE (HENDRY)(UP TO APR 22) :     6.35    :    +3.97
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)       :     5.19    :    +3.18
OPA LOCKA (MIAMI-DADE)          :    10.34    :    +6.39
HOMESTEAD (MIAMI-DADE)          :     5.94    :    +2.16
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)    :     7.76    :    +4.24
PERRINE (MIAMI-DADE)            :     7.39    :    +3.92
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD)   :    12.34    :    +8.94
FT LAUDERDALE EXEC (BROWARD)    :     9.36    :    +5.97
HIALEAH (MIAMI-DADE)            :     7.29    :    +2.90
PALM BEACH GARDENS (PALM BEACH) :    13.42    :   +10.31
NORTH MIAMI-BEACH (MIAMI-DADE)  :     9.95    :    +6.32


HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...The wells across South Florida are now
running above average for this time of year.

The most recent underground water reservoir levels in Palm Beach
County were around 16.8 feet which is around 1 foot above normal.
In Broward County, the levels were around 12.9 feet which is 1.9
feet above normal. In Miami-Dade County, the underground water
reservoirs levels were around 9.8 feet which is 0.3 feet above
normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 13.7 feet as of May 24
with was around 0.5 feet above the normal level of 13.2 feet.
The level of Fisheating Creek was 3.6 feet as of may 24, around
2.5 feet above the normal level of 1.1 feet for this time of
year.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...As of May 24th, the Keetch-Byram Drought
Index (KBDI) was below 100 over all of South Florida, except for
Collier County where it was between 200 and 300 range. This puts
all of South Florida in a low risk of Wildfires.

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 tropical disturbance is forecast to move northward
through the Central or Eastern Gulf of Mexico this Memorial Day
Weekend bringing showers and some thunderstorms to South Florida.
Heavy rainfall is also possible due to the deep tropical moisture
in place.

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
June through August is for an above normal chance of rainfall.

This will be the last update on the drought information, as the
drought has been removed from South Florida.


$$

Baxter


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