HOLT, Dec. 1, 2016—A line of thunderstorms pushed through Holt community yesterday around 2 p.m. bringing the first substantial rains to hit the area since Sept. 28.
However, yesterday’s rains—less than half an inch, according to Weather Underground—were not enough to break the drought that’s got its grips on the Florida panhandle.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Florida’s western panhandle is in a severe drought extending almost to Tallahassee and the Big Bend area.
The U.S. Drought Mitigation Center’s outlook for December, however, indicates improving drought conditions for the western panhandle (see map below).
In October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook and predicted the effects of La Nina will affect weather conditions, causing a warmer, drier winter for the southern United States. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch, predicting development in early fall or late winter that could be weak and short-lived.
According to the National Weather Service, a La Nina occurs ever three-to-five years. It’s the cool phase of an El Nino and brings warmer, drier weather to this area.