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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1015 AM EST FRI APR 24 2015

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEVELOPED IN MAINLAND MONROE...SOUTHERN
MIAMI-DADE...AND EASTERN COLLIER COUNTIES...

SYNOPSIS...

THE DRY SEASON OF 2014-2015 HAS BEEN DRIER THAN NORMAL OVER MOST OF
SOUTH FLORIDA ESPECIALLY OVER THE SOUTHERN AREAS WHERE ONLY 50 PERCENT
OF NORMAL RAINFALL HAS OCCURRED SO FAR.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL AT SEVERAL
SITES ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THIS DRY SEASON STARTING FROM
NOVEMBER 1, 2014 TO APRIL 23, 2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                              NOV 1-APR 23      NOV 1-APR 23

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :   12.84     :     -8.77
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :    4.74     :     -6.99
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :   14.31     :     -3.71
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :   10.29     :     -4.34

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :   9.10      :     -4.21
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  14.01      :     +0.45
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  12.35      :     -1.14
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  11.86      :     -0.75
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :   7.79      :     -4.53
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.32      :     -2.08
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :   8.24      :     -4.43
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :   9.36      :     -5.34
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :   6.99      :     -7.09
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :   7.55      :     -6.78
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  13.95      :     -3.59

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             NOV 1,2014 - APR 23,2015
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               40%
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        50%
PERRINE                                53%
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               59%
OASIS                                  63%
MIAMI BEACH                            64%
HOMESTEAD                              65%
IMMOKALEE                              68%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    70%
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          79%
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    80%
OPA LOCKA                              86%
LA BELLE                               92%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       94%
ORTONA LOCK                           103%

WITH A DRIER THAN NORMAL DRY SEASON SO FAR OVER SOUTH
FLORIDA...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D2) HAVE DEVELOPED IN MAINLAND
MONROE...EASTERN COLLIER...AND SOUTHERN MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES.
MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS (D1) HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS THE REST OF
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, MOST OF BROWARD COUNTY, AND CENTRAL COLLIER COUNTY.
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS (D0) HAVE DEVELOPED IN WESTERN COLLIER
COUNTY, SOUTHERN HENDRY COUNTY, AND METRO PALM BEACH COUNTY.

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

THE WELLS OVER SOUTHEAST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WAS AT THE LOWEST 10
PERCENT WITH REST OF THE EAST COAST METRO AREA WELLS RUNNING AT
THE LOWEST 10 TO 30 PERCENT. THE WELLS OVER THE SOUTHERN INTERIOR
AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA WERE ALSO RUNNING AT THE LOWEST 10 TO 30
PERCENT WITH THE NORTHERN INTERIOR AND WEST COAST METRO WELLS
RUNNING NEAR NORMAL LEVELS.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
15.8 FEET WHICH IS 1.8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL. IN BROWARD COUNTY...THE
RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 15.8 FEET WHICH IS 0.3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.
IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND
9.1 FEET...WHICH IS 1.6 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 13.71 FEET AS OF APRIL
24...WHICH WAS ABOUT 0.07 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 13.78 FEET.
THE LEVEL OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 4.9 FEET AS OF APRIL 24...WHICH
WAS AROUND 3.3 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 1.6 FEET FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF APRIL 23...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS AT LESS
THAN 200 IN GLADES COUNTY, 400 TO 500 IN HENDRY COUNTY, 450 TO 500
IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, 550 TO 600 IN COLLIER COUNTY, 600 TO 650 IN
BROWARD AND MAINLAND MONROE COUNTIES, AND 650 TO 700 IN MIAMI-DADE
COUNTY. THIS PUTS HENDRY COUNTY IN A LOW RISK OF WILDFIRES, A
MODERATE RISK OF WILDFIRES IN PALM BEACH AND COLLIER COUNTIES, A
HIGH RISK OF WILDFIRES IN BROWARD AND MAINLAND MONROE COUNTIES, AND
A VERY HIGH RISK OF WILDFIRES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. THERE IS ALSO A
BURN BAN IN PLACE FOR HENDRY WHICH MEANS NO BURNING IS ALLOWED.

RESPONSE/ACTIONS...

THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAS KEPT ALL OF SOUTH
FLORIDA IN A YEARLY WATER RESTRICTION...WHICH REDUCES WATER USAGE TO
3 DAYS A WEEK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WATER SHORTAGE CONDITIONS
...PLEASE VISIT THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT WEB SITE AT
WWW.SFWMD.GOV.

OUTLOOK...

HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE MOSTLY IN CONTROL OF SOUTH FLORIDA WEATHER
THIS WEEKEND. HOWEVER, THERE COULD STILL BE A FEW SHOWERS OR
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE NORTHERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND.
THE RAIN CHANCES WILL THEN GO UP EARLY NEXT WEEK...AS THE RIDGE
BREAKS DOWN AND A COLD FRONT APPROACHES SOUTH FLORIDA FROM THE
NORTH.

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER`S PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT 8
TO 14 DAYS CALLS FOR AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA. THE LONG TERM OUTLOOK FOR MAY
PREDICTS AN EQUAL CHANCE OF ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS
SOUTH FLORIDA.

THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE AROUND THE BEGINNING OF MAY...UNLESS
CONDITIONS CHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO
AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND UPDATES.

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BAXTER


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