Drought busted: All of Central Florida now officially out of drought status

Start of wet season, Tropical Storm Cristobal main factors

ORLANDO, Fla. – As you may imagine with the recent heavy rain, all of Central Florida and most of the Sunshine State are officially no longer in a drought.

The past few weeks, largely driven by the return of sea breeze storms and Tropical Storm Cristobal, have seen copious amounts of rain.

All of Central Florida is no longer in a drought as highlighted by the drought monitor released every Thursday by the United States Department of Agriculture.

At times the rain has caused minor flooding, but largely the rain has been beneficial. Tropical Storm Cristobal last weekend added to the rainfall of late. Cristobal’s rain especially helped the drought situation in the Panhandle, where now only a sliver of drought remains in the far western-most counties.

Since the start of June, most of Central Florida has seen above-average rainfall.

Every climate site in Central Florida has seen above-normal rain through the first 10 days of the month. The return of sea breeze storms and Tropical Storm Cristobal have been the main factors.

For the year, most of Central Florida is still anywhere from 3-6″ below normal. The exception to this is Melbourne and parts of Brevard County, which saw rounds of heavy rain in May. At the height of the drought, some cities were more than 7″ below normal in the rainfall department.

Orlando remains below normal for the year, but recent rain has busted the drought across Central Florida. Orlando is now 2" above normal in the rainfall department for June.

Last week, 40% of Florida was considered abnormally dry. This week that number has fallen to less than 4%. The moderate drought category, which none of Central Florida was in last week, dropped to less than one percent statewide.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.