By: R. Michael Brown -- According to the US Drought Monitor for Florida the drought is over. The US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Okeechobee water levels are in the normal range at 12.23 ft. The normal range for this date is 11 ft. to 17 ft.
At the worst state of the drought in early June, Lake O levels were under 11 ft. The historic low is 10.5 ft.
Currently about 15% of the state is still considered abnormally dry in the Orlando area.
Rainfall for the year in Palm Beach has been recorded at 25.74 inches for 2017 so far, 3.58 inches above normal according to the South Florida Water Management District.
Much of that rainfall happened in the last 3 weeks. Between 4 to 6 inches fell on the island in a 24 hour period on June 6 and the rain has continued, although at a increased summer rate than normal, until this week.