PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - With rainfall well below normal, the National Weather Service has declared moderate to severe drought condition across the Panhandle, warning it's likely to get worse.
The Panama City News Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fv25Ar) September was dry, with only 1.88 inches of rain recorded for the entire month at the Northwest Florida Airport Weather Station. There has been no measurable rain since, making current conditions a "moderate drought."
Throughout the Southeast, communities are experiencing varying degrees of drought. Parts of northern Alabama and Georgia are in exceptional drought, with crop losses and water shortages.
In Florida, parts of Santa Rosa County and all of Walton and Okaloosa counties are experiencing severe drought. And Chipley has gone 60 days without measurable rain, the longest stretch since records started in 1939.
Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com
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