Drought officially over in Southwest Florida due to recent heavy rain

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Months of drier than normal conditions, leading to fires in April and May, are now officially over in Southwest Florida. The US Drought Monitor released their update Thursday morning showing the significant improvement thanks to recent rounds of heavy rain since late May.

In fact parts of Southwest Florida, especially Fort Myers and Cape Coral, have seen more rain in the past 4 days than the first 4 months of 2020 combined. We don’t have a deficit, but now a surplus of rain for the year in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda. Rainfall totals over the past week have averaged between 2 – 6″, few spots as high as 6 – 9″. Street flooding as a result has been an issue, especially in Cape Coral. More rain thanks to an unsettled weather pattern and abundant tropical moisture is expected in the days ahead.

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