Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Miami, FL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
514 PM EST Thu Dec 5 2019


Prevailing high pressure has limited rainfall amounts across
South Florida since the beginning of October 2019. This has
allowed Moderate Drought conditions (D1) to develop over southern
interior areas of South Florida. Abnormally Dry conditions (D0)
has also developed over rest of South Florida, except for the
metro areas of Palm Beach and Broward Counties where they remain
out of any drought condition.

Here are some rainfall totals and departures from normal at
several sites across South Florida Since October 1, 2019.

                            RAINFALL TOTAL    :    DEPARTURE

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL        :     8.62    :    -1.71
NAPLES MUNICIPAL                :     3.81    :    -2.59
FT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTL    :     9.27    :    -1.11
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL             :     5.68    :    -4.21


ORTONA LOCK (HENDRY)            :     1.83    :    -3.75
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)       :     4.09    :    -0.61
OPA LOCKA (MIAMI-DADE)          :     9.80    :    -1.04
HOMESTEAD (MIAMI-DADE)          :     6.18    :    -3.16
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)    :     5.88    :    -3.46
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD)   :     6.42    :    -3.96
FT LAUDERDALE EXEC (BROWARD)    :     9.67    :    +0.34
HIALEAH (MIAMI-DADE)            :     8.42    :    -2.46
PALM BEACH GARDENS (PALM BEACH) :     8.59    :    -1.33
NORTH MIAMI-BEACH (MIAMI-DADE)  :     8.04    :    -2.40

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...Some of the wells over southeastern areas
of South Florida are running at the lowest 10 to 30 percentile
range for this time of year, while the rest of the wells over
South Florida are running near normal levels for this time of

The most recent underground water reservoir levels in Palm Beach
County were around 16.7 feet, which is around 0.7 feet below
normal. In Broward County, the levels were around 12.3 feet which
is 0.4 feet above normal. In Miami-Dade County, the underground
water reservoirs levels were around 9.7 feet which is 0.5 feet
below normal.

The level of Lake Okeechobee was around 13 feet as of December 5th,
which was around 1.8 feet below the normal level of 14.8 feet.
The level of Fisheating Creek was 1 foot as of December 5th,
which was around 1 foot below normal for this time of year.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...As of December 5th, the Keetch-Byram
Drought Index (KBDI) was 500 to 550 over most of South Florida,
except for Broward County where it was 450 to 500 and 300 to 400
over Palm Beach County. This puts most of South Florida in a
moderate risk of wildfires, except for Palm Beach County where it
was in a low risk.

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...High pressure will move slowly eastward into the Western
Atlantic waters this weekend from the Southeastern Untied States,
as a weak low will move through the Southern Gulf Coast States.
This will keep mostly dry conditions over South Florida this
weekend with little chance of rainfall.

The Climate Prediction Center`s precipitation outlook for the
next 6 to 14 days calls for a little bit above normal rainfall
across South Florida. The outlook for the rest of December
through February period calls for an equal chance of above or
below normal rainfall.

The next update will be provided in late December unless
conditions warrant a sooner update.



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