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Florida's drought compared to California before and after storms

Florida is currently experiencing higher levels of drought compared to California, which has been able to break its drought with a series of moisture-laden atmospheric storms. Extreme drought is concentrated in the southwestern corner of Florida while severe drought plagues much of the rest of the state. The drought situation has caused an increase in brush fires and may negatively impact crops, especially those in the citrus family.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alex DaSilva said that the state is at only 25 to 50 percent of their average rainfall, compared to California's 150 to 300 percent. Florida's wet season is approaching, but the drought situation is still a cause for concern.


The U.S. Drought Monitor Map classifies Florida as suffering from more drought than California after a particularly wet season has erased most of the Golden State's drought.

California has suffered from high levels of extreme and exceptional drought for the last several years. The amount of Florida free from drought has steadily declined since October, the start of the state's dry season. As of the drought monitor's most recent map, roughly 11 percent of Florida is free from drought compared to California's 55 percent.


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