Drought rages across Midwest, ends in south Florida

By Trent Aric, Meteorologist, taric@local10.com
Published On: Aug 01 2012 10:52:48 PM EDT

Drought ends in Miami, but dry conditions continue on southwest coast of Florida.

MIAMI -

The rainy season, now half way over, has diminished the drought conditions from last winter across South Florida.

There have been large variations of rainfall from east to west across south Florida since May 1st.

The southeast coast received above normal rainfall (25-25 inches), the interior sections of south Florida near normal (15-25 inches) and the southwest coast below normal (12-18 inches) leaving the interior and coastal areas of southwest Florida experiencing abnormally dry conditions in some areas.

Several locations recorded their top 10 wettest May-July periods on record. The recording site at Homestead General Airport – 2nd wettest, Miami – 5th wettest, Miami Beach – 8th wettest and the Redlands – 9th wettest. On the southwest coast where it has been drier than normal Naples recorded its 5th driest May-July on record.

As of August 1st, 2012 lake Okeechobee sits at 12.12 feet, about 1.65 feet below normal.

As far as temperatures for south Florida between May and July, Miami recorded an average of 81.9 degrees. This is 0.3 below normal. Fort Lauderdale recorded an average May-July temperature of 81.5 degrees which is 1.0 degree below normal.

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