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Severe drought gone from southern Florida, minor decreases elsewhere

The latest Drought Monitor, released yesterday morning, shows that the patch of severe (D2) drought has been removed from southwest Florida due to heavy rains this past week. Elsewhere there were very minor changes to the drought pattern. You can view the current map as well as past maps at With relatively light rainfall this week, I don’t expect to see a lot of changes, although there may be some further relief in southwest Florida.