posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 05:17 PM
Northeast Florida is experiencing "extreme" drought conditions, and cold, windy weather only adds to the danger of wildfires.
The Keetch-Byrum Drought Index (KBDI) is used to measure the dryness of the soil.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS), the index normally measures between 241 and 420 for this time of
This year, however, the same factors that prevented a major hurricane strike are contributing to a much more severe drought. The KBDI is 548 for Duval
County today, which qualifies as "extreme" fire danger. In neighboring Clay County, the number is even higher: 631.
This is an article from my local news station. While there are horrible floods in Panama, Australia, and Sri Lanka along with the heavy snow and ice
which pummeled the Southeastern and Northeastern United States the past few days us here in Northeast Florida are dangerously dry.
Being a lifelong resident of this area I can honestly say that the last time I had seen anything as horrible was this was probably 4 years ago when
the Bugaboo fire, largest in Florida history, was burning here in Northeast Florida. Even then I do not believe the weather was as dry as it is now.
We could be rivaling even the year of 1998 when the smoke in Jacksonville was so bad people were wearing surgical face masks.
We had a little rain from the cold front which dropped snow across the Deep South a few days ago but it couldn’t have been more than a half-inch. I
would have to say that we have not had any considerable rainfall since probably August or September. In December we had only 2 days of rain and it was
not very heavy at all. November was not much different with only 2 or 3 days of light rainfall.
I am starting to worry about March when the weather warms up and the fires start throughout the region since I live in a heavily wooded area with
miles upon miles of woods in all directions.
To most this may not seem very important but to us here in NE Florida it is. Also it just adds to the strangeness of our global weather these past
months, this month especially.
Please just send us some rain!
edit on 1/13/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)