Florida is completely drought free — not a spec of yellow, beige or red on the U.S. Drought Monitor map — for the first time since last summer.
Soaking rains earlier this month knocked out developing drought in Central Florida and in the Southwest.
This week’s rains washed out the last vestiges of Abnormally Dry conditions that remained in North-Central portions of the peninsula and in the panhandle, the Monitor reported in an analysis released Thursday.
In fact, drought conditions were wiped away from all of the southeastern U.S., leaving a few Abnormally Dry counties in parts of Georgia.
Drought expanded, meanwhile, in the High Plains of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, and remained in place in the Desert Southwest.
TROPICS TALK: The National Hurricane Center map is clear in both the Atlantic and Pacific following the dissipation of Tropical Storm Dora west of Mexico. The GFS continues to show a disturbance moving west through the Atlantic the weekend of July 8 and the European (ECMWF) has a very weak low near Barbados on July 9.
RECORD WATCH: Vero Beach tied a record warm low on Tuesday with 76, last set in 2010.
RADAR ZAPPED: A lightning strike knocked out the Central Florida National Weather Service radar in Melbourne on Tuesday.
“Some key components were damaged by the strike,” the office said on its Facebook page on Wednesday. “We are working to restore service as soon as possible, but it may be a few days before we can accomplish this.”
Treasure Coast radar images can be accessed from NWS-Miami, the Space Coast from NWS-Jacksonville, and Orlando radar can be viewed from NWS-Tampa.