PALM BEACH POST: Drought escalates as county gets 15% of normal rainfall in March

Palm Beach Post: Written by Kimberly Miller. April 6, 2018.

Drought conditions deepened from the Keys to the Martin County line last month, browning lawns and raising wildfire concerns as an abnormally-parched dry season continued.

Most of Palm Beach County received a half-inch of rain or less in March, allowing moderate drought to spread countywide and giving more severe drought a foothold in the southwest corner of the county.

According to a Thursday report from the National Drought Mitigation Center, 92 percent of Palm Beach County is experiencing the first level of drought on a four-tier scale, with 4 percent on the second level.

“Welcome to the dry season,” said John Mitnik, chief engineer for the South Florida Water Management District. “Lake Okeechobee has come down a foot within the last month.”

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