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Florida Drought Coverage Drops Nearly 60 Percent in Two Weeks
Published: June 15, 2017
Florida's drought coverage decreased by nearly 60 percent following heavy rains across the Sunshine State during June's first full week.
Some 72 percent of the state was classified under drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor on May 30, but the most recent drought monitor as of Tuesday has brought that number down to about 12 percent.
(U.S. Drought Monitor)
How did the majority of Florida's drought get wiped out in just two weeks' time?
It's simple – portions of South Florida have averaged an inch or more of rain per day over the past two weeks, and other parts of the state have not been far behind.
Here are select rainfall totals observed in the Sunshine State from June 1 through June 14.
- Marco Island: 19.71 inches
- Hollywood: 11.64 inches
- Fort Lauderdale Beach: 13.58 inches
- Miami: 11.16 inches
- Naples: 10.45 inches
- Muse: 10.28 inches
- Fort Lauderdale: 10.05 inches
- West Palm Beach: 9.14 inches
- Hialeah: 9.06 inches
(MORE: Florida's Wet and Dry Seasons)
Marco Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off Southwest Florida, picked up nearly half of this month's rainfall on June 6 alone when 9.68 inches were measured. Another 4.57 inches fell June 7, followed by 3.12 inches on June 8, yielding a three-day total of 17.37 inches from June 6 through June 8.
An average June would feature 4.40 inches of rain on Marco Island, and it picked up more than four times that amount with half the month remaining.
The latest three-month precipitation outlook for July through September from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center shows equal chances of above- and below-average precipitation for the entire state of Florida.
MORE: Florida Storms and Flooding
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