Exceptional Drought Continues Over Northwest Florida

With Northwest Florida in the midst of a terrible drought there are signs of progress as we move into the dog days of summer.

The National Weather Service released its June summary for Tallahassee and although Tallahassee is 2hrs away from us... it probably comes as no surprise... it was hot there too in June!!!  Tallahassee had its 2nd hottest June ever and set an all-time record high of 105º!!!  You can read the whole report here.

More than the heat... the bigger story really has been the lack of rainfall over NWFL.  On average, each month has been below normal so far this year.  In this image below you can see a map that shows the Departure from Normal so far this year.  Most of NWFL is in the Yellow/Orange range which is in the 25-75% range!


In the latest Drought Monitor Statement from July 5th you can see how the drought area lines up very similarly to where the driest areas are on the above map.

The good news that we talked about a couple months ago was that La Nina was ending which we were hoping would gradually lead us to a more typical rainfall regime.  I think we are beginning to see this here in July.  While many folks are still running below average for July... you can see more areas over NWFL with 100%-as much as 125% of normal precipitation in the below map...


Hopefully this is a sign of things to come as we head through the middle of summer and move toward fall.  Still, the best way to make drought progress is with a tropical system.  Even with 'normal' precipitation here during the summer-time it is tough to make progress in a drought because with our extreme heat we evaporate so much moisture out of the ground.  Still, I remain hopeful that we will at the very least see a small improvement in our drought status.

Rest assured...  the VIPIR7 Weather Team will be here to keep you posted with the very latest when it comes to the current drought situation over NWFL.


--Chris Smith
Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV

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  • by Barbara Location: NW FL Panhandle on May 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    Dark clouds showed up around 5 pm EST TIme. Washington county and Jackson County. the Down Pour started at 5:38 PM Thunder got here much later at 5:52. Back Roads water covering roads. May 28th. 2012
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