Prepared by Preston Leftwich, David Zierden, and Melissa Griffin
Florida Climate Center
Florida State University
Agricultural and other impacts.
The cooler and drier weather has helped facilitate the harvest of peanuts, cotton, and a variety of other crops across portions of the state.
However, drought conditions continue to persist in northern portions of the state, with extreme drought conditions present around Leon and Gadsden Counties and the Choctawhatchee River basin.
Heavy rains in the second half of October eased some of the dry conditions that had been lingering around Lake Okeechobee.
The average lake level is 13.55 ft, which is down from the historic average of 15.03 ft but a significant change from the 11.13 ft that was reported a month ago.
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