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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
355 PM EST FRI MAY 1 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER SOUTH FLORIDA HAVE IMPROVED THIS WEEK...

SYNOPSIS...

HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED OVER SOUTH FLORIDA EARLY THIS WEEK WITH A
SLOW MOVING FRONTAL BOUNDARY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS RANGE FROM 1 TO 3
INCHES OVER THE NORTHERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA TO 3 TO 5 INCHES
OVER THE SOUTHERN AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS
IS OVER THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PORTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE 5 TO 7
INCHES FELL.

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 30, 2015.

AIRPORTS                        RAINFALL    :    DEPARTURE
                              NOV 1-APR 30      NOV 1-APR 30

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL      :   15.89     :     -6.44
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      :    6.14     :     -6.04
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL :   17.19     :     -1.35
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL           :   13.09     :     -2.23

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE        (COLLIER)    :   9.94      :     -3.89
ORTONA LOCK      (HENDRY)     :  15.36      :     +1.23
LA BELLE         (HENDRY)     :  13.15      :     -0.83
MOORE HAVEN LOCK (GLADES)     :  12.95      :     -0.14
OASIS           (MIAMI-DADE)  :  10.18      :     -2.73
OPA LOCKA       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  15.78      :     -0.39
HOMESTEAD       (MIAMI-DADE)  :  13.06      :     -0.25
MIAMI BEACH     (MIAMI-DADE)  :  12.56      :     -2.85
TAMIAMI AIRPORT (MIAMI-DADE)  :   9.17      :     -5.69
PERRINE         (MIAMI-DADE)  :  11.49      :     -3.52
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT (BROWARD) :  17.69      :     -0.38

                                PERCENT OF NORMAL
                             NOV 1,2014 - APR 30,2015
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT               50%
TAMIAMI AIRPORT                        62%
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL               71%
IMMOKALEE                              72%
PERRINE                                77%
OASIS                                  79%
MIAMI BEACH                            82%
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL                    85%
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL          93%
LA BELLE                               94%
HOMESTEAD                              98%
NORTH PERRY AIRPORT                    98%
OPA LOCKA                              98%
MOORE HAVEN LOCK                       99%
ORTONA LOCK                           109%

WITH THE HEAVY RAINFALL EARLIER THIS WEEK OVER SOUTH FLORIDA, THE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED. SOUTHERN INTERIOR AREAS OF SOUTH
FLORIDA AND THE SOUTHEAST METRO AREA OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY IS NOW IN
A MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITION (D1). THE REST OF METRO MIAMI-DADE AND
ALL OF BROWARD COUNTY IS NOW IN AN ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITION (D0).
PALM BEACH COUNTY HAS BEEN REMOVED OUT OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

HYDROLOGICAL IMPACTS...

THE WELLS OVER SOUTHEAST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ARE NOW IN THE LOWEST 10
TO 30 PERCENT RANGE WITH THE REST OF THE EAST COAST METRO WELLS NEAR
NORMAL RANGE. THE INTERIOR WELLS ARE STILL RUNNING IN THE LOWEST 10
TO 30 PERCENT RANGE, EXCEPT OVER GLADES COUNTY WHERE THEY ARE AT THE
HIGHEST 10 PERCENT RANGE. THE WELLS OVER THE WEST COAST METRO AREAS
ARE NEAR THE NORMAL RANGE.

THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WERE AROUND
15.9 FEET WHICH IS 1.9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL. IN BROWARD COUNTY...THE
RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND 11.2 FEET WHICH IS 0.7 FEET ABOVE NORMAL. IN
MIAMI DADE COUNTY...THE UNDERGROUND WATER RESERVOIRS WERE AROUND
8.8 FEET...WHICH IS 1.3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.

THE LEVEL OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WAS AROUND 13.87 FEET AS OF APRIL
30TH...WHICH WAS ABOUT 0.24 FEET BELOW THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 13.63
FEET. THE LEVEL OF FISHEATING CREEK WAS 4.8 FEET AS OF MAY
1ST...WHICH WAS AROUND 3.4 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL LEVEL OF 1.4 FEET
FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF APRIL 30TH...THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) WAS LESS
THAN 200 OVER GLADES COUNTY, 200 TO 300 OVER HENDRY COUNTY, 400 TO
450 OVER PALM BEACH, MIAMI-DADE, AND MAINLAND MONROE COUNTIES, AND
450 TO 500 OVER BROWARD AND COLLIER COUNTIES. THIS PUTS MOST OF
SOUTH FLORIDA IN A LOW RISK OF WILDFIRES, EXCEPT FOR THE SOUTHERN
INTERIOR AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE IT IS IN A MODERATE RISK OF
WILDFIRES.

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 KEEPING THE AREA MOSTLY DRY. THE RAIN CHANCES WILL THEN
GO UP EARLY NEXT WEEK...AS THE RIDGE BREAKS DOWN AND A WEAK LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPS EAST OF THE AREA.

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

THE NEXT UPDATE 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.

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BAXTER



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