December 6, 2010

Drought Forecast For Southwest Florida

One of the strongest La Niñas in more than a half century could force water managers this winter to impose tougher water shortage restrictions on SW Florida for only the second time ever.

Southwest Florida Water Management District officials and meteorologists say that conditions are setting up to make this one of the driest dry seasons on record.

"If the forecast is right, we could see a drought such as there was in the 1950s," said Charles Dauray, who represents Southwest Florida on the South Florida Water Management District.

La Niña is a phenomenon of colder-than-normal ocean surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that drives dry weather into Florida.

"Even a normal season in Southwest Florida is bone dry," said Jim Farrell, WINK-TV chief meteorologist. "Any season below normal is not a good thing."

During a typical winter season, between 8 and 11 inches of rain will fall in Lee and Collier counties from December through March, but this year experts are predicting much less.

Story by Bob Rathgeber of a news agency covering Ft. Myers & SW Florida

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Conditions Ripe For Dry Winter

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