April 12, 2012

Drought Update

In Florida, the continued lack of rain produced additional deterioration across the state.

The first 100 days at Jacksonville, FL, have been the driest since 1921, and only 30% of normal.

Much of the downgrading was based upon precipitation departures and rankings during the last 180-days where many stations reported the driest such 6-month period on record, especially in north-central Florida.

Southern sections of Florida have fared somewhat better, but the lack of decent short-term rains has also caused some deterioration.

Lake Okeechobee was below 12 feet this morning (11.97 feet, or 2.1 feet below normal), and now falling at 0.2 to 0.3 feet per week.

Numerous wild fires have occurred throughout the state as the fire index is now over 700 in south-central Florida.

Farther west, another 2 to 4 inches of rain deluged southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, further eroding away the D0(L).

Although short-term conditions are quite wet, long-term deficits still remained (more than 16 inches at 12-months), thus maintaining the D0(L) area.

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