April 23, 2009

Drought Update

While an inch or more of rain fell over the northern and western portions of the drought area in Florida during this USDrought Monitor week, the southern areas received considerably less rain.
About two-thirds of the topsoil and two-thirds of the subsoil, statewide, remained in the very short to short categories, with 40 percent of the pasture rated very poor to poor by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as of April 19. Lake Okeechobee continued to drop, down to a level of 11.56 feet as of April 20 (normal is 13.89 feet). D0-D1-D2 were pulled back in the northern and west central drought areas of Florida, while D2 and D3 expanded in southern Florida. (see drought monitor map)

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