The latest drought monitor from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows a big jump in severe drought conditions across our state.
Compared to last week's report roughly 20 percent more of Florida is now considered to be in a severe drought. Severe drought numbers jumped up from around 13 percent of the state last week to nearly 34 percent this week.
This is bad news as the peak of wildfire season normally lasts well into May when the rainy season begins.
In our area all of Okeechobee, Indian River and St. Lucie counties are considered to be in severe drought. Portions of Martin county range from severe drought to moderate drought conditions.
Most of Palm Beach County is considered to be abnormally dry. The drought monitor updates every Thursday morning.