Last weekend’s stormy weather washed away drought conditions in parts of Florida, but much of the peninsula is still unusually dry.
Most of the Orlando area is still dealing with Moderate Drought. But on the West Coast, Poke County and parts of Manatee County were removed from the Abnormally Dry category by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday.
South Florida remained under Moderate Drought, with Severe Drought covering North Miami-Dade, eastern Collier, and southwestern Broward counties.
There was some drought expansion in East-Central Florida.
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WEEKEND RAIN EVENT ON TRACK: A stalled front will bring rain to most of the peninsula over the weekend, the National Weather Service says, with highest chances on Sunday into Monday. The Weather Prediction Center shows highest amounts in coastal East-Central Florida, where more than 2 inches could fall.
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WORLDWIDE WARMTH: This spring has been cool to downright cold in the eastern U.S. But globally, on land and on sea, March 2018 was the fifth-warmest on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information reported Wednesday. NASA declared it the fifth warmest March behind 2016, 2017, 2010, 2002, and 2015.
Ocean temperatures were the fifth-warmest and land temperatures were the seventh-warmest.
Hot spots included northern Africa and much of Asia, while the eastern U.S. were cooler than average as was northern Europe.
MORE APRIL MISERY: South-Central Wisconsin took another winter-style beating Wednesday with up to 8 inches of snow in some areas. Madison measured 7.2 inches, beating the previous snowfall record for April 18 of 3.4 inches set in 1912. Milwaukee and its western suburbs picked up 3-4 inches.
The snow was forecast to move into the eastern Great Lakes states Thursday, with around 2 inches expected in Upstate New York and western Pennsylvania and even down into the mountains of West Virginia.