Monday, July 13

Severe Drought Declared in Parts of Florida

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July 13, 2014

South Florida’s lack of rain has pushed parts of Palm Beach County into the severe drought range, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

Data collected through Thursday show the southeastern portion of the county in severe drought, with the rest of the county ranging from moderate drought to abnormally dry. 

Coastal areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties are now in the extreme drought category.

As of Friday, Palm Beach County is down 10.53 inches of rain for the year, according to the South Florida Water Management District.

June, which is typically the rainiest month of the year, saw just 4.41 inches of rain – about half of the historic norm.

South Florida historically receives about 20 percent of its rain for the year between Memorial Day and July 4 – the most consistent and important period for recharging the water supply after the dry season, said Geoff Shaughnessy, meteorologist with the South Florida Water Management District.

“Historically, we get about a foot of our 52 inches in that period,” Shaughnessy said in an interview with The Post last month. “If you were to break down the hydrologic phases, it’s probably the most important one in the year.”


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